Inside AI Policy

May 24, 2024

Mercatus researcher argues FTC ban on noncompete agreements helps AI development

By Charlie Mitchell / April 29, 2024

A researcher at the Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank at George Mason University, makes the case that the Federal Trade Commission’s new rule banning noncompete agreements will open up the talent pool for workers with skills in artificial intelligence-related areas, boosting development of the technology in the United States.

“The FTC’s ban on noncompetes is a win for the heavily international AI labor market where 63% of top-tier AI researchers working in U.S. institutions are foreign born, and a...


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