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Capitol Hill Campus is the central outreach program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The program bridges the gap between scholarship and policy by making academic research and methods available to policy makers, and grounding academics by making them aware of policy makers' need for relevant analysis of public policy issues. Mercatus does this through educational lectures and programs held on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Campus is the central outreach program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The program bridges the gap between scholarship and policy by making academic research and methods available to policy makers, and grounding academics by making them aware of policy makers' need for relevant analysis of public policy issues. Mercatus does this through educational lectures and programs held on Capitol Hill.
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Capitol Hill Campus is the central outreach program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The program bridges the gap between scholarship and policy by making academic research and methods available to policy makers, and grounding academics by making them aware of policy makers' need for relevant analysis of public policy issues. Mercatus does this through educational lectures and programs held on Capitol Hill.

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Capitol Hill Campus: Running the BLS Numbers on Jobs

9/27/2012
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What does the unemployment rate really mean? Does it suggest our economy is slowly growing, stuck in neutral, or in fact slipping back into recession? Do the monthly numbers on total jobs created and the unemployment rate tell the full economic story? In order to examine the results of the economic policies pursued since the Great Recession of 2008 effectively, it is critical to understand what the employment numbers mean and what information lies behind them.

Duration:00:53:47

The "Midnight Regulations" Phenomenon

7/18/2012
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In this Capitol Hill Campus event, Mercatus scholarnbsp;Patrick McLaughlin provided annbsp;overview on midnight regulations:What exactly is the “midnight regulations” phenomenon, and what evidence demonstrates that it is real?Why should policymakers be concerned about midnight regulations?Is there empirical evidence that midnight regulations are different from other regulations?What can be done to limit midnight regulations?

Duration:00:42:18

Taxes: Fooling Ourselves and Fooling the Voters

5/17/2012
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nbsp;The tax code is complicated, making it difficult for all but a few to understand the impact it has on our day-to-day lives. While most taxes are enacted for innocent reasons such as raising funds for a devastated community after a natural disaster, these taxes and others have unintended consequences that fool voters and create a more shrouded tax system. Furthermore, Congress constantly deals with phantom assumptions about the tax code, which lead it to pass taxes that do not achieve...

Duration:00:52:43

Getting the Job Done Right: Essential Skills for Regulatory Oversight

3/1/2012
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Several key debates this year will focus on the economic impact of federal regulations. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to offer a series of courses designed to help congressional staff better understand the regulatory process. The first course uses examples from newly-minted financial markets regulations to review: The stages involved in developing and finalizing a regulationHow to find and use information about a regulationThe best tools to help policy makers...

Duration:00:47:18

Creating a Shovel-Ready Economy: Lessons from the Recovery Act

1/17/2012
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In this presentation, Mercatus Senior Scholar Garett Jones provides a useful framework for promoting economic growth. Professor Jones's presentation examines the state of the economy today, why short-term policies do not necessarily provide the biggest bang for the buck, and what Congress can do to get the economy going both in the short-term and long-term.

Duration:01:04:31

A Sustainable Approach to Entitlement Reform

10/20/2011
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Any credible plan to significantly improve the nation’s fiscal outlook must address the greatest drivers of future debt: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. But while the need for entitlement reform is no longer in question, policy makers are far from consensus on how, or even when, to begin. This event featured both public trustees for social security and medicare, Charles Blahous and Robert Reischauer. It also featured Alice M. Rivlin, the founding director of the CBO as well as...

Duration:01:44:14

Practical Lessons in Budget Reform

9/16/2011
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Economists’ research of other nations’ experiences provides insight on the most effective way to deal with unsustainable debt. There is also much to be learned from our own past attempts — successful or not — to meaningfully reform the budget.This discussion will focus on the following questions:Which fundamental spending, tax, and budget process reforms have proven most effective in reducing debt? nbsp;Is there an ideal combination of budgetary reforms for reducing debt? nbsp;What about...

Duration:01:07:20

The Future of Internet Privacy Regulation

5/19/2011
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The Internet has revolutionized the way we live, work, and play. It's evolved, with relatively little oversight, to be an enormously powerful tool and a major factor in the world economy. But it has a seedier side. Large companies collect an enormous amount of data about Internet and gadget users and recent news has been filled with high profile breeches of private information.

Duration:00:42:52

Reforming GSE's - Fannie, Freddie, and the Future

4/26/2011
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Dr. Arnold Klingnbsp;discusses two ways to look at GSE’s. One approach, the “devil you know” strategy, would restore the status quo ante, meaning that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae would be returned to the investing public as private corporations with government backing, able to purchase loans for securities and able to hold securities in portfolio, subject to limits on loan amounts and subject to safety-and-soundness regulation. The other approach, the “Jimmy Stewart banker” strategy, would...

Duration:00:50:00

Quarterly Economic Update February 2011

2/10/2011
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In December 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 131 million working Americans. Some 14.5 million Americans were counted as unemployed. Of those, 6.4 million had been without work for 27 weeks or more. Job prospects were, and remain, bleak. There was a small silver lining in the dark announcement: the BLS noted that some 1.1 million private-sector jobs were added in 2010. Job availability, according to the Gallup organization, was the number one worry plaguing the U.S....

Duration:01:08:28

Practical Lessons in Budget Cuts: The WWII and Canadian Experiences

12/6/2010
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According to some polls, more than 70 percent of Americans believe the stimulus is not working. They worry that Washington isn’t offering effective solutions to our persistent economic malaise. Instead of the endless – and useless -- debate over whether stimulus theory works, are there concrete examples of how countries can escape a debt crisis?nbsp;Cutting spending is the recipe for economic growth. Several historical examples make this clear. How can we learn from the lessons of the...

Duration:00:57:38

Continuing Legal Education: Privileges or Immunities Clause in McDonald v. City of Chicago

10/14/2010
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This course examines the role of the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in the protection of individual rights and its application to state-imposed limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in McDonald v. City of Chicago. The Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment has long been relegated to the backstage of constitutional jurisprudence. Justice Thomas’s concurring opinion in McDonald v. City of Chicago, however, brings the Privileges or...

Duration:01:41:19

Continuing Legal Education: Legal Challenges in African Development and Their Impact on U.S. Policies to Promote Trade and Human Rights

9/21/2010
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Over the past decade a number of African countries have made important strides in improving their economies. nbsp;Higher rates of economic growth are contributing to poverty alleviation in this poorest region of the world.nbsp; Increased regional and global integration, coupled with reduced levels of conflict, are making sub-Saharan Africa a more appealing venue for foreign investment. A number of serious legal and institutional barriers, however, continue to deter economic development and...

Duration:01:45:47

Paved With Good Intentions - When Federal Spending Hurts State Budgets

8/17/2010
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Since 2000, the Federal government has sent a tidal wave of money to state and local governments. Federal grants to states and localities increased by 73% in the past decade and will reach roughly $439 billion this year alone. Designed to aid states struggling with budget shortfalls and to promote particular federal policy objectives, this flood of cash is widely seen as an unqualified good by both Federal and State legislators. Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Eileen Norcross and Mercatus...

Duration:01:00:34

Cutting Spending the BRAC Way

7/21/2010
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Federal spending, debt, and deficits are at record highs. Both parties acknowledge the need for spending cuts. However, reform is easier said than done. Independent commissions are often suggested as a way to tackle such intractable political problems, but not all commissions are the same. The Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) commission of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s proved an exemplary solution to such public choice problems. In the 1980’s, we faced a similar deficit, debt, and...

Duration:00:52:34

Challenges to Corporate Governance: Policy and Ethical Considerations in a Time of Change

7/15/2010
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This Continuing Legal Education course examines the interplay of federal and state common law with an emphasis on the impact of changes in federal law upon common law fiduciary duties in corporate governance.

Duration:01:51:45

Foreigners Welcome? The Economics Of High-Skilled Immigration

3/31/2009
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Although the United States is in the midst of a financial crisis and an economic recession, immigrants keep coming, but who is coming?nbsp; Immigration is often categorized into various distinctions; legal vs. illegal, low-skilled vs. high-skilled.nbsp; Within the political debate a significant amount of emphasis is placed on low-skilled illegal workers, but what about the high-skilled immigrants? How do they impact our country?Each year companies from around the United States are able to...

Duration:01:01:52