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

There Are Two Marylands, and One Refuses to Listen to the Other

By Walter Olson and Ryan Bourne. Washington Post. March 28, 2019.

A Minimum Wage Compromise for Maryland

By Thomas A. Firey. Baltimore Sun. March 6, 2019.

Minimum Wage Rises May Prompt Firms to Switch to Zero-Hours Jobs

By Ryan Bourne. UK Telegraph. February 21, 2019.

Cato Studies

The Minimum Wage and Search Effort

By Camilla Adams, Jonathan Meer, and CarlyWill Sloan. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 153. March 6, 2019.

Do Equal Employment Opportunity Statements Backfire?: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment on Job-Entry Decisions

By Andreas Leibbrandt and John A. List. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 152. February 27, 2019.

Parental Leave: Is There a Case for Government Action?

By Vanessa Brown Calder. Policy Analysis No. 850. October 2, 2018.

Articles

Thinking about Inequality

Cato's Letter. Angus Deaton. Vol. 15. No. 2. Spring 2017.

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

Bierman v. Dayton

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Michael Finch. Legal Briefs. January 16, 2019.

New Prime Inc. v. Oliviera

By Andrew M. Grossman, Randal John Meyer, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. May 21, 2018.

Niang v. Tomblinson

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Barnes. Legal Briefs. May 14, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Tipped Workers and the Minimum Wage

Richard B. McKenzie. Regulation. Spring 2019.

Hurting Americans in Order to Hurt Foreigners

Ike Brannon and M. Kevin McGee. Regulation. Spring 2019.

Getting Out of Your Business

Christina Sandefur. Regulation. Winter 2018-2019.

Events

Parental Leave: Is There a Case for Federal Action?

Featuring Vanessa Brown Calder, Veronique de Rugy, Rachel Greszler, Matt Weibel, & Emily Ekins. October 12, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.

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.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Trade Adjustment Assistance

By Sallie James. May 2011.