Technology continues to unlock new ways for Americans to live and work. To illustrate these changes, this broadside explores the promise of online platforms such as Uber and Airbnb. Unfortunately, instead of embracing innovation, many cities insist on applying antiquated regulations or completely banning these new services to protect special interests―at the expense of workers and consumers.
These fights go far beyond the sharing economy. To promote the benefits of new technology, it is time for states to step up and overrule cities when local policies threaten innovation. If cities are going to remain a driving force for economic progress, then states need to save so-called progressive cities from themselves.
Jared Meyer is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His research interests include microeconomic theory and the economic effects of government regulations. Meyer also publishes and presents on the need for a moral foundation for free markets.
Meyer is a regular contributor to Economics21, The Washington Examiner, The Federalist, Forbes, Townhall, RealClearEnergy.org, and City Journal. Meyer’s research has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Yahoo! Finance, National Review, RealClearPolitics, The L.A. Times, and New York Post. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including the BBC World Service, Fox News, and NPR.