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The rise of Trump and an agenda for regulatory reform

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The arrival of Trump in the White House does not augur well for the long-run prospects of the US economy. The protectionism that is gathering steam under his presidency may yield some short-term gains, but at the detriment of the long-run. Examining the discontent among ordinary voters that brought Trump to power, this paper argues that this should be treated as an opportunity for a major regulatory reform. With the advance of digital technology, we have increasing returns to scale, and that, in turn, is making our antitrust laws backfire and hurt the well-being of ordinary people, thereby sowing discontent. The paper builds a simple model to illustrate this and makes the case for revoking the older antitrust laws and replacing them with some simple profit-sharing rules at the level of the firm, and the economy.

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  • Basu, Kaushik, 2018. "The rise of Trump and an agenda for regulatory reform," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 546-558.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jpolmo:v:40:y:2018:i:3:p:546-558
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2018.03.007
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