Have You Ever Split a Cab or an Uber with a friend? If the Jones Act applied to Uber drivers, this would be illegal
Reasons we economists suck — the dismal science
Merchant Marine Act of 1920 — The Jones Act
100 years ago
Introduced by Wesley Jones — the senior senator from Washington State
Hmmmm … and they build ships where? (hint: Washinton State!)The Jones Act in a Nutshell
All Ships Used for Cabotage
Other Related Issues
Often confused with the Passenger Service Act of 1886 — Discuss the difference
Even NPR confused the issue in their podcast.
Jeff Introduces Guest Colin Grabow (GRAY-Bō)
Colin Grabow of the CATO Institute — Policy Analyst, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. He has a BA in international affairs from James Madison University and an MA in international trade and investment policy from George Washington University. He specializes in things like subsidizing sugar production and The Jones Act.
Welcome to the JeffEffect.
What did the Jones Act Attempt to Do?
Did it Succeed …. No, It Did Not — Jeff and Colin Discuss
There are currently less than 100 Jones Act Qualifying ships.
Commerce between states is negatively impacted.
How The Jones Act Got on My Radar
Thinking about opportunity for the local Economy — Why Apple Can’t Build Phones in Puerto Rico
Why Are US-built Ships So Darned Expensive?
Transport companies that were not covered by the Jones Act have become competitive on the world stage.
US Airplane Manufacturers
US Locomotive Manufacturers
US Semi-Truck and Trailer Manufacturers
Nixing The Jones Act Seems Like Something Everyone Could Support
So, who doesn’t support it and why?
Could We Further the Goals of The Jones Act other Ways?
Links and Additional Resources
Spring 2015 Industrial Study Final Report on Shipbuilding by the The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy National Defense University:
A Brief History of Shipbuilding in Recent Times, September 2002, Tim Colton and LaVar Huntzinger:
NPR Planet Money Podcast: Mr. Jones’ Act
Jeff’s guest on this podcast is Colin Grabow — Policy Analyst, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at The CATO Institute. You can read his bio on the CATO Institute website here:
Here is the written interpretation by Department of Customs and Border Protection of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886 and the impact of NAFTA on this law. Note that NAFTA has since been withdrawn and replaced by USMCA by President Trump.
Here is an online version of the full text of the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920):
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) paper: “Local Content Requirements and Their Economic Effect on Shipbuilding:”
WSJ editorial "America First? Kill the Jones Act" (mentions LNG issue vis-a-vis Puerto Rico:
Congressional Research Service report about the JA (fantastic overview paper):
Russian LNG imported into New England:
Hawaii cows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq4YQgxMquQ
My paper about the JA's impact on national security and shipbuilding:
Cato JA overview paper:
Hawaii importing propane from West Africa:
Here is a link to the dedicated section of the CATO website:
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