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Veronique De Rugy

Veronique De Rugy

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the U.S. economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy.

Articles by Veronique De Rugy

Fiscal Insanity Is All Around

13 days ago

The latest bloated COVID relief bill is a disgraceful end to a year already marked by wildly irresponsible government spending. Read more at National Review.

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Continuing Education During COVID-19

December 18, 2020

The purpose of schools is to educate children, and the education they’re getting at home is subpar. Science says it’s safe to send them back, but the incentives don’t line up. Read more at Creators.

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Congressional Briefing: The Best Arguments For and Against Paid Federal Leave

December 17, 2020

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It is often noted that the United States is the only industrialized country without a federal paid leave program. While true, Dr. Veronique de Rugy points out that this doesn’t necessarily mean that women in countries that have such government-mandated programs are doing better than women in the United States. In this Congressional staff briefing, de Rugy weighs in on expected outcomes of various proposed federal paid leave programs, based on a review of research from other countries. She responds to each point in favor of a federal paid leave program with unanswered questions, the expected impact on women, and unintended consequences.

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The Shaky Case for State Bailouts

December 1, 2020

State and local governments claim they’re going broke and are begging for more federal money. Veronique de Rugy plays them a lament on the world’s smallest violin. Read more at Reason.

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In Memoriam: Alberto Alesina

November 6, 2020

Alesina was an expert on austerity, an award-winning author, an innovative thinker, and a beloved professor. The field of political economy has lost a giant. Read more at Regulation.

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Is the Ex-Im Bank Bailing Out Its Favorite Borrower?

September 25, 2020

I appreciate the opportunity to submit a comment with respect to two applications received by the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank “for final commitment for aggregated long-term loans or financial guarantees in excess of $100 million.” The obligor is Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), and the guarantors are Pemex Exploration and Production, Pemex Logística, and Pemex Transformación Industrial.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems and to advancing knowledge about the effects of regulation on society. This comment, therefore, does not represent the views of any particular affected party or special interest group.
Mexican state-owned oil firm Pemex is either the Ex-Im Bank’s biggest borrower or close to it. Its

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