New Research: Markets Or Mandates?

New Research: Markets Or Mandates?

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New Research: Markets Or Mandates? 

Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) are state policies meant to lower carbon emissions and encourage renewable energy use by mandating a percentage of the state's electricity to be produced from renewable sources.

In our latest Research In Focus publication, CGO researchers Josh T. Smith and Vidalia Cornwall examine how these policies affect electricity prices. In short, electricity mandates drive up costs and don't significantly lower carbon emissions. Policy alternatives that allow for greater consumer choice can achieve more effective outcomes.

Read the full paper here.

Who Benefits From the Gig Economy? 

 In her latest piece for The Benchmark, CGO Research Director Megan Hansen writes that as long as competition and entrepreneurship are allowed to flourish, a healthy gig economy will lead to more innovation and better consumer experiences for everyone.

Read the entire article here.

Examining Licensing Policies Nationwide

Iowa native and CGO undergraduate research fellow Rebekah Yeagley contributed to a recent Research In Focus publication about occupational licensing regulations. She recently wrote an op-ed in her home state with Josh T. Smith for The Des Moines Register about what she's learned.

Read how states like Iowa are taking positive steps, and how they could continue to make policy changes that would allow for more opportunities and greater prosperity.

Read the op-ed here.


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