This website is an academic project aggregating cases of public policy failures. These include such policies’ failures to achieve their stated ends, or their generation of unintended consequences. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do your examples come from?
The majority come from peer-reviewed papers in economics or related disciplines. However, a few are from working papers or data posted on a website.

Are you saying government never works?
Nope. But economic theory gives us plenty of reasons to believe that interactions taking place in the context of private property, contract, and consent will outperform those where this institutional setting is absent.

Who runs this site?
A Ph.D. economist and seasoned entrepreneur, both of whom will remain nameless (for now).

To submit a government failure, click here.