The Jones Act: Charting a New Course after a Century of Failure: A Cato Online Forum
From Cato Institute
All of the participants in Cato’s December 6, 2018 conference titled “The Jones Act: Charting a New Course after a Century of Failure” were asked to write a short essay on any aspect of the Jones Act that he or she finds interesting, important, or compelling to understanding the impact of the Jones Act on the United States.
The scope of the essays range from 30,000-foot perspectives to detailed treatments of specific issues. They encompass a range of subjects, including: the founding myth of the Jones Act; the challenges and opportunities for a welfare analysis of the Jones Act; how the Jones Act impacts energy consumers, and also leads to increased land-based traffic congestion; and finally, pathways for Jones Act reform.
These essays will be accessible from this page beginning on the date of their online publication. I hope you will peruse and closely read these essays, which represent a broad range of expertise on various aspects of the Jones Act. Your feedback is welcome and encouraged.
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- Keliʻi Akina President & CEO, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
- James W. Coleman Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
- Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense
- Thomas Grennes Professor of Economics Emeritus, North Carolina State University -- “By Land or by Sea: Does the Jones Act Cause Land-Based Transport Congestion?”
- Daniel Griswold Senior Research Fellow & Co-Director of Trade and Immigration, Mercatus Center
- Howard Gutman Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and Managing Director, the Gutman Group
- Michael Hansen President, Hawaii Shippers Council
- Ted Loch-Temzelides Professor of Economics, Rice University -- “Needed: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Jones Act”
- Nick Loris Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform, Heritage Foundation -- “Time To Mobilize the Dispersed Costs of the Jones Act”
- Robert Quartel CEO & Chairman, NTELX
- Manuel Reyes Executive Vice-President/CEO, Puerto Rico Food Marketing, Industry and Distribution Chamber (MIDA) -- “A Shift Toward Murkiness: How Conflicting Transportation Policies Have Forced Unsupervised Oligopolies on Jones Act Trades in the Past 23 Years”
- Jennifer Danner Riccardi Senior Trade Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
- Bryan Riley Director, Free Trade Initiative, National Taxpayers Union -- “What the Trump Administration Can Learn from the Jones Act”
- Rockford Weitz Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach & Director, Maritime Studies Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University