The goal of an economic system is to increase the standard of living of the society. It makes little sense to distinguish between producers and consumers in that context, since we are all both producers and consumers. It also makes little sense outside discredited Marxist theory to distinguish between management and labor, since we all share the benefits of increasing economic efficiency and profitability. Unfortunately, U.S. labor law is still based on outmoded notions from the 1930s about mass production and oppressed workers. It is time to accommodate our labor laws to the information age.

More on Labor Law and Regulation

Commentary

Trump Takes a Smarter Approach on Immigration with ‘Hire American’

By David Bier. The Hill (Online). April 19, 2017.

The Feminist Side of Sweatshops

By Chelsea Follett. The Hill (Online). April 18, 2017.

Equal Pay Day: Surprising Gender Pay Gap Opinions Held by Women

By Emily Ekins. Washington Examiner. April 3, 2017.

Cato Studies

Apprenticeships: Useful Alternative, Tough to Implement

By Gail Heriot. Policy Analysis No. 805. November 17, 2016.

Does “Ban the Box” Help or Hurt Low-Skilled Workers?: Statistical Discrimination and Employment Outcomes When Criminal Histories Are Hidden

By Jennifer L. Doleac and Benjamin Hansen. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 62. October 26, 2016.

“No More Credit Score”: Employer Credit Check Bans and Signal Substitution

By Robert Clifford and Daniel Shoag. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 54. June 22, 2016.

Articles

Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: Who Are We Really Protecting?

Ike Brannon and Logan Albright. WPRI Special Report. April 2017.

Bill Gates Doesn’t Need Any Help from Younger Workers

Michael F. Cannon. Center of the American Experiment. Spring 2007.

Public Filings

In Support of Occupational Licensing Reform and SB-247

By Ilya Shapiro and David McDonald. Public Comments. April 14, 2017.

National Restaurant Association v. Department of Labor

By Ilya Shapiro and Frank Garrison. Legal Briefs. February 23, 2017.

Niang v. Carroll

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and David McDonald. Legal Briefs. January 11, 2017.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regulatory Budgets

Richard A. Williams. Regulation. Spring 2017.

A More Optimistic View

David R. Henderson. Regulation. Spring 2017.

Regulation at 40

Peter Van Doren and Thomas A. Firey. Regulation. Spring 2017.

Events

The Case against the Davis-Bacon Act: 54 Reasons for Repeal

Featuring James A. Dorn. October 17, 2012. Book Forum.

Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

Featuring Trevor Burrus. September 12, 2012. Book Forum.

The Politics and Law of Immigration

Featuring Gene Healy, Daniel Griswold, and Tim Lynch. July 21, 2010. Policy Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Trade Adjustment Assistance

By Sallie James. May 2011.