The rise of the Internet and growth of the sharing economy are transforming local and global commerce and forcing policymakers to reconsider traditional approaches to regulation. To ensure that the new economy is governed appropriately, regulators and law enforcement officials must understand how it differs from traditional business arrangements and how consumers, entrepreneurs, and workers interrelate within these new commercial arrangements. This one-day program for Attorneys General staff lawyers offered an in-depth tutorial on the economic underpinnings of the new economy and provided the tools needed to analyze and think critically about this emergent issue.
Sharing Economy workshop participants were also invited to attend the Law & Economics Center’s Symposium on Regulatory Reform, Transparency, and the American Economy, held on Friday, February 2, 2018, at George Mason University. The Symposium featured discussions by leading scholars and practitioners on a range of topics related to the Sharing Economy workshop, such as Innovation and the Sharing Economy, Occupational Licensing and Antitrust, Opportunity and Employment Restrictions, and Regulating the Internet of Things, along with such other regulatory policy issues as The Ebb and Flow of EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule, Automobile Fuel Economy Standards and Zero Emission Vehicles, and The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Protecting Consumers from Themselves?