Economic Freedom

Economic Freedom and Social Mobility: What Does It Mean for Puerto Rico?

Justin T. Callais

May 23, 2023

Social and income mobility has become a hot topic among social scientists and policymakers. Few, though, have examined the role of economic freedom in explaining differences in mobility. I summarize my work showing that economic freedom has a strong impact on improving mobility.

Free Market in Puerto Rico 2022

Ángel Carrión-Tavárez, Luz N. Fernández-López and Juan Lara

April 24, 2023

The general objective of this study was to assess the knowledge of the main principles of economic liberty and the free market, and the affinity with them in Puerto Rico.

Ayuso, tip, hook

Carlo Rodríguez Braun
April 12, 2023

Carlos Rodríguez Braun comments on the campaign of the Community of Madrid to encourage tipping and the reaction of the unions and the left to this campaign.

Occupational licenses, a barrier to individual prosperity

Milton J. Quiles
April 7, 2023

Occupational licensing - state regulation of particular jobs - presents barriers to the economic freedom of individuals. Over time, the state has increased regulation of occupations, thereby increasing labor costs and subsistence, and limiting opportunities for access to jobs and trades. This has raised concerns for individuals, legislators and multi-sector leaders who seek to reform the sector to promote freedoms, including economic freedom, and economic growth.

The reforms that will save Puerto Rico

Gustavo Velez
March 23, 2023

The preliminary costs of the bankruptcy, amounting to $1 billion so far, should be a powerful incentive for us to force structural reforms that will save Puerto Rico from a second bankruptcy and an economic cliff. It would be an act of collective folly to ignore the reasons that led us into the fiscal hole and to have become the first state government in the United States to file for bankruptcy.

Puerto Rico can use guest workers, just like many states

Marc Joffe
March 15, 2023

The immigration fiasco on the southern border is not the only ongoing U.S. crisis involving an exodus of Spanish speakers. Since 2006, Puerto Rico has endured an economic and fiscal collapse that has seen nearly a million people emigrate to the mainland United States, which is now the home to more Puerto Ricans than the island itself.

Damien Robles Sanchez, et al. v. Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, et al.

March 9, 2023

Amicus brief before Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court, in support of the certiorari of the petitioners, to argue the retroactive application of the special tax to the beneficiaries of tax exemption decrees, since it is ultra vires that undermines the pre-existing contractual obligations of the petitioners in violation of their constitutional right that protects them against …

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Rodríguez Vélez, et al. v. Hon. Pedro R. Pierluisi Urrutia

March 9, 2023
Federal lawsuit concerning vaccine mandate of public employees. Lawsuit at the United States First District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, to modify the vaccine mandate and its disproportionate burden to unvaccinated public employees, as established on Executive Order No. 2021–058. Documents Case 3:21-cv-01366: Zulay Rodriguez Velez, et al. Plaintiffs v. Hon. Pedro R. …

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