The Jones Act: Charting a New Course after a Century of Failure: A Cato Online Forum

All of the participants in Cato’s December 6, 2018 conference titled “The Jones Act: Charting a New Course after a Century of Failure” were asked to write a short essay on any aspect of the Jones Act that he or she finds interesting, important, or compelling to understanding the impact of the Jones Act on the United States.

The scope of the essays range from 30,000-foot perspectives to detailed treatments of specific issues. They encompass a range of subjects, including: the founding myth of the Jones Act; the challenges and opportunities for a welfare analysis of the Jones Act; how the Jones Act impacts energy consumers, and also leads to increased land-based traffic congestion; and finally, pathways for Jones Act reform.

These essays will be accessible from this page beginning on the date of their online publication. I hope you will peruse and closely read these essays, which represent a broad range of expertise on various aspects of the Jones Act. Your feedback is welcome and encouraged.


Steve Ellis
Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense

Howard Gutman
Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and Managing Director, the Gutman Group

Michael Hansen
President, Hawaii Shippers Council

Robert Quartel
CEO & Chairman, NTELX

Jennifer Danner Riccardi
Senior Trade Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Rockford Weitz
Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach & Director, Maritime Studies Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University