Regulating Social Media as a Public Utility

By James Dail (CMC ’20) On April 10th and 11th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress over the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a British Data Analytics firm, compromised the data of more than 50 million Facebook users in order to try and influence the 2016 Presidential Election. The hearings were about Facebook’s ability to…

Pay Transparency and the Gender Gap

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) In the fight to bridge the gender pay gap, pay transparency has long been a tool suggested by civil rights groups. Theoretically, pay transparency—referring to a company’s public release of the salary information of all their employees—would reveal gender discrepancies where they exist. Such disclosure could force businesses to think…

AEI Fellow Thomas Miller: There is No One Magic Fix to American Healthcare

Conducted by April Xiaoyi Xu (PO ’18) Editor-in-Chief Transcribed by Jenna Lewinstein (SCR ’19) Digital Content Writer Thomas Miller is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) studying health care policy, litigation, and reform. He researches regulatory barriers to choice and competition, and investigates market-based alternatives to the Affordable Care Act. Previously, he worked…

Trump’s Military Transgender Ban, Take Two

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) President Trump’s first ban on transgender service members in our military, released in a firestorm of Tweets late last year, took the nation by surprise by its suddenness. Although his ban has since been blocked by four separate federal courts—a happy victory for transgender troops and civil right advocates—he has…

Noncompete Clauses and the Depression of Wages

By James Dail (CMC ’20) One of the most consequential macroeconomic phenomenon of the past half-century has been widespread wage stagnation. From 1979 to 2016, wages have barely grown at all (and in some cases have declined) for the lowest sixty percent of workers by income distribution. The average yearly rate of inflation from 1979…

The Fair Representation Act

By James Dail (CMC ’20) Something has gone horribly wrong with Congress. In 2015, there was a study done analyzing Congressional Roll Call Vote Data that found that over the past sixty years, there has been a marked increase in the partisanship of Congress. This has led to fewer Democrats voting for Republican sponsored bills…