Posts by William F. Shughart II
William F. Shughart II is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State University, past President of the Southern Economic Association, and editor of the Independent book, Taxing Choice.
U.S. Manufacturers Seek to Ban Imported Mattresses During Pandemic


On March 31, in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, American mattress manufacturers and labor unions, claiming “dumping,” petitioned to impose prohibitive duties on mattress imports from seven countries. They are banking on precedent. In 2019, the International Trade Commission ruled against mattress imports from China—applying an unprecedented 1,731 percent duty. China had...
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What Bezos, Cook, Pinchai and Zuckerberg Should Have Told Congress about Antitrust Hysteria


Wednesday, July 29, witnessed the virtual browbeating (via video conference) of the CEOs of four of America’s top companies, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, by members of the House Judiciary Committee, most of whom never have produced anything other than intrusive statutes and convoluted regulations from which Congress often exempts itself.

Cigarette and Soda Taxes Don’t Save Many Lives


Selective excise taxes may raise revenue for the public sector by targeting the consumption of things that elites disdain, but they do not save millions of lives.

If You Love Forests, Let Them Burn


Policymakers need to re-evaluate the effectiveness of controlled burning for managing future forest fires.

The E15 Mandate Is Poor Environmental Policy


E15 may buy votes in Iowa but does so at a serious cost.

Trump’s Ethanol Plans Double Down on Bad Environmental Policy


If ethanol truly were a good substitute for gasoline, no mandate would be necessary.

Mining Regulations Hamper Access to America’s Own Rare Earth Metals and Minerals


Trump’s legislation will offset the regulatory barriers but will likely incite retaliation from our trading partners.

Why Have Gasoline Prices Risen Lately?


If you wonder why prices at the gas pump have been climbing recently and are expected to continue to climb, look no further than the sharp drop in crude oil production in Venezuela, the Saudi Arabia of the Americas.

Despite Enviable Safety Record, Chernobyl’s Ghost Still Haunts the Nuclear Power Industry


The world is still a long way from a future of zero carbon emissions, but that goal can be achieved sooner if nuclear energy plays a much larger role in generating electricity.

Fundamental Principles of Income Tax Reform


As 2017 was rushing to its end, the U.S. House and Senate passed different versions of income tax reform legislation, one of the Trump Administration’s top policy priorities. If a reconciled bill emerges from conference committee and is approved by majorities in both chambers of Congress before year’s end, the legislative effort would fulfill...
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