Lower taxes create opportunities that draw even those not consciously considering tax rates.
Voting With Your Feet
This speech, which I gave at a Federalist Society conference, is now available in a written version on SSRN. It will be published by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Interstate Travel to Get Abortions has Prevented the Dobbs Decision from Significantly Reducing the Number of Abortions in the US
Some estimates suggest the number of abortions has even increased.
Labor Day is the right time to remember that we can make workers vastly better off by empowering more of them to vote with their feet, both within countries and through international migration.
Current culture wars are just one more manifestation of the reality that public education routinely devolves into indoctrination and imposition of majoritarian ideology on dissenters. But school choice can help mitigate that problem.
British immigration policy expert Sunder Katwala and I discuss the debate over UK immigration policy, which has notable similarities and differences with that in the US.
The authors raise some reasonable issues. But they misunderstand both the libertarians they critique and the problem of political ignorance itself.
Unliking zoning, private communities respect property rights, and do not create major barriers to people seeking to "vote with their feet" for a better community.
A new Pew Charitable Trusts study examining jurisdictions with that reformed zoning finds far lower rent increases there than elsewhere.
At least until all the gasoline is gone.
Second in a two-part series published by Australian Outlook, a publication of the Australian Institute for International Affairs.
It examines whether people are likely to "vote with their feet" based on interstate differences in abortion policy, after Dobbs. The first in a series of two articles on this topic.
Politicians lean on the financial industry to target activities they don’t like.
Economist Bryan Caplan explains how cutting back on zoning and other restrictions could create millions of new jobs for workers - on top of other beneficial effects.
My New The Hill Article on How Arlington, VA Battle over "Missing Middle" Housing is a Microcosm of Broader National Struggle Against Exclusionary Zoning
Barack Obama could have been referring to our community, when he said that “[t]he most liberal communities in the country aren’t that liberal when it comes to affordable housing.”
Fifth post in the symposium on the National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" project. Walter Olson of Team Libertarian comments on similarities and differences between the three reports.
Third post in the symposium on the National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" project. Walter Olson presents the Team Libertarian Report.
Video of presentations by the leaders of the Conservative, Libertarian, and Progressive Teams. Plus, my thoughts on a comparison of the three reports by Progressive Team leader Ned Foley.
Team Libertarian Report from National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" Project Now Available on SSRN
I coauthored the report with Clark Neily and Walter Olson, both of the Cato Institute.
The project includes reports by conservative, libertarian, and progressive teams. I am coauthor of the Team Libertarian report.
This makes it likely, though not certain, that the Supreme Court will strike down such laws if states enact them.
Even if the value of their property goes down, current homeowners still often have much to gain from breaking down barriers to new housing construction.
The answer is probably "no." But the federal government could more easily ban such transactions.
Atlantic writer Jerusalem Demsas argues that blue states can't give "refuge" to people fleeing abortion restrictions if they don't cut back on zoning restrictions that lead to sky-high housing costs.
The answer to this important question is highly uncertain. I tentatively predict a significant, but still modest, increase in abortion-driven migration.
San Francisco lost a whopping 6.7 percent of its population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the second-largest percentage drop after New York.
Video of American Enterprise Institute Event on my Book "Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom"
It includes commentary by housing policy specialist Emily Hamilton (Mercatus Center), and economist Filipe Campante (Johns Hopkins University).
Recordings of recent interviews on these topics with T.J. O'Hara for the Deconstructed podcast, and Areva Martin on her talk show program, Special Report.
The article challenges longstanding conventional wisdom claiming that judicial review of democratically enacted laws is at odds with popular political choice.
How foot voting can expand political freedom for Americans, particularly the poor and disadvantaged.
Podcast Interview about my Book "Free to Move" with Hoover Institution Immigration Economist Tim Kane
We cover many issues related to the book, as well as freedom of movement more generally - both domestic and international.
Now available on Amazon, after a supply chain delay.
What's New in the Revised Edition of "Free to Move," Part II: Implications of Remote Work for Foot Voting
Widespread remote work opens up new opportunities for foot voting, but may in some cases make foot voting less important.
Forthcoming Revised Edition of my Book "Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom" [Updated with Corrected Oxford Univ. Press Discount Code]
The revised edition addresses several new issues including arguments that migration must be restricted to curtail the spread of dangerous diseases, such as Covid-19, claims that immigration might generate a political backlash that threatens democracy, and the impact of remote work on foot voting.
My State and Local Government Law Blog Post on "How Federalism Can Empower People to Vote with Their Feet"
The post focuses attention on an aspect of federalism that is often overlooked in current law and policy debates.
The article explains how expanding opportunities for foot voting can enhance political choice, help the poor and disadvantaged, and reduce the dangers of political polarization.
Labor Day is a good time to remember that we can make workers vastly better off by empowering more of them to vote with their feet.
As in the US, they often block the building of new housing in response to demand.