George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

LEC Public Policy Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection in Higher Education

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Division: The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies

Program Description: The traditional model of higher education is coming under increasing challenge from competitive forces, including for-profit education, information technology, and government regulation. At the same time, the costs of higher education continue to rise, student loan default rates are rising, and the quality and relevance of higher education is coming under increasing criticism. This public policy conference focused on issues of competition and consumer protection in higher education, examining the way in which competition and innovation can improve quality and reduce costs as well as the regulatory barriers to competition.


The Government’s Role in Higher Education

Session 1: The Government’s Role In Higher Education from MasonLEC on Vimeo.


Richard K. Vedder

Joshua C. Hall

Jane S. Shaw
Member, Board of Directors, John William Pope Center for Higher Education, Education Policy

Anne D. Neal
President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Moderator: Todd J. Zywicki

Challenges to Higher Education Today: Cost and Quality Issues


Roger E. Meiners
Goolsby-Rosenthal Endowed Chair in Law and Economics, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Arlington

Scott E. Masten
Professor of Business and Economics and Public Policy, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Daniel D. Polsby
Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Todd J. Zywicki

Moderator: Michael E. Debow
Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

Luncheon Address: The Future of Higher Education


Richard Bishirjian
President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University

Brian Shull
Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

Consumer Protection in Higher Education


Michael E. Debow

Jayme S. Lemke
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, Academic and Student Programs, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

David A. Hyman
H. Ross and Helen Workman Chiar in Law, and Director, Epstein Program in Health Law and Policy, University of Illinois College of Law

Alexander T. Tabarrok
Bratley J. Madden Chair in Economics, George Mason University

Moderator: Joshua C. Hall