The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, has governed the United States shipping industry for almost 100 years. Is it a boon or a burden for the US economy? Is it crucial for national security? Dan Ikenson of the CATO Institute and Professor Sal Mercogliano of Campbell University outline the history of the Jones Act and debate its ramifications.

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Related links:

The CATO Institute Project on Jones Act Reform:

“To Waive or Not to Waive, that is the Jones Act Question?”

Maritime Law Center - The Jones Act

The Jones Act: Debating the Lingering Effects of a 100-Year-Old Law


Differing views:

The Jones Act is Critical to National Security

Rust Buckets: How the Jones Act Undermines U.S. Shipbuilding and National Security

Jones Act - The Transportation Institute

Wall Street Journal - “America First?” Kill the Jones Act

Forbes - The Jones Act: Friend or Foe?

The Hoover Institute - How the Jones Act Harms America

The American Waterways Operators - The Jones Act