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Get the latest news, research, commentary and analysis on what is impacting your quality of life. From top scholars to regular citizens, this blog’s contributors make the latest in empirical research on economic freedom accessible and easy to understand, issue by issue.

Breath mints

In the News: Breath mint regulation is 17 years in the making

Worried about the nutrition facts for your favorite breath-freshening candy? The FDA is.

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Schools ban bake sales

Bake sales let kids indulge a little bit while learning entrepreneurship. So what’s the big problem?

Brandenburg gate

In the News: Two-thirds of Berlin’s tourist flats now illegal

Tourists may have a hard time finding a cheap place to stay.

Road

In the News: British builder hits barriers with his private toll road

Private citizen builds toll road when government fails.

Taxi

In the News: Hundreds wrongly accused of being illegal cabbies in past year

In the Big Apple, the Taxi and Limousine Commission can seize the car of anyone it suspects of driving an illegal cab.

In the News: One box of allergy pills over the line

Two boxes of a popular over-the-counter decongestant can get you arrested.

Soybeans

In the News: How the USDA blew millions on Afghan soybeans

The USDA shipped 4,000 tons of soybeans to northern Afghanistan. The catch? Nobody wanted soybeans.

Book Review: Homer Economicus

Joshua Hall’s (ed.) “Homer Economicus” makes the unlikely connection between economics and “The Simpsons.”

Ratatouille

In the News: France’s absurd new ‘homemade’ law handcuffs restaurants

New French law regulates ‘homemade’ food.

Scottish man in kilt

In the News: Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What the United States’ haggis ban can teach us about the workings of government.