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Financial Markets


Alexander Salter | Dec 04, 2014
In a new study for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, scholar Alexander William Salter examines several different proposed rules that the Fed could follow. Salter provides a framework to help policymakers better understand how incentives and information can affect monetary policy and discusses discretion-based and rule-based approaches to monetary policy.
Ian Robinson, Thomas Stratmann, | Feb 27, 2014
This paper presents the results of the Mercatus Center’s Small Bank Survey, which include responses from approximately 200 banks across 41 states with less than $10 billion in assets each, serving mostly rural and small metropolitan markets.
Steven Horwitz | Apr 02, 2013
This study examines the history and operation of the Federal Reserve System. It explores the Fed’s origins in American economic history and emphasizes the political compromises that produced it.
Todd Zywicki, Robert Sarvis | Jan 14, 2013
Government regulators proposing restrictions on specific forms of consumer credit all too often ignore the reality of how and why consumers use credit. They also ignore lenders’ legitimate reasons for pricing their services as they do; consumers’ legitimate reasons for choosing the financing options they do; the risks consumers face when credit offerings are made unavailable to them; and the many consumers who use the particular forms of consumer credit responsibly and effectively.
Todd Zywicki, Nick Tuszynski | May 09, 2012
Regulators cannot wish away consumers’ need for credit, and eliminating access to overdraft protection will not correspondingly eliminate this need.
Thomas Stratmann, Gabriel Lucjan Okolski | Jun 10, 2010
In response to the financial crisis and its impact on the economy, the federal government has increased government spending markedly in order to stimulate economic growth.

Testimony & Comments

Expert Commentary


Jerry Ellig | September 17, 2013
The scope and number of regulations continues to grow, but proof that problems are being solved remains elusive. Several reform efforts are focusing on ways to improve economic analysis so that agencies can make better decisions about when and how to use regulation for problem-solving. New research indicates several reforms that could have a positive impact.

Media Clippings

Steven Horwitz | Apr 23, 2012
Steven Horowitz applies the parable of the broken traffic lights to the mortgage lending crisis.
Peter Leeson | Mar 02, 2012
Peter Leeson talks about the rational economic calculations of pirates.
Maurice P. McTigue, Benjamin J. VanMetre | Oct 19, 2011
Maurice McTigue and Benjamin VanMetre wrote an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune on the US Postal Service.
John Pulito, Antony Davies | Aug 19, 2011
Antony Davies and John Pulito's paper on tax migration was featured on Detroit News-Online.
Jacob Feldman | Aug 12, 2011
Jacob Feldman Wrote an article for Big Government on the cost of EPA regulations.