Category Archives: Lectures

Regulatory expert Robert Crandall spoke at Clemson Oct. 31

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Rick Uhlmann, College of Business

October 21, 2016

Deregulation would unleash efficiencies and enhance U.S. spending and productivity growth, according to Robert Crandall, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, who delivered the Tullock Lecture at Clemson University on Oct. 31.


Crandall, a renowned author and expert on the economics of government regulation, will spoke from 4-5:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium of Tillman Hall. The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas about Information is sponsored by the Information Economy Project.

Crandall, whose current research focuses on telecommunications policy, will review evidence showing how complex and costly health, safety and environmental regulation is thwarting job and income gains, while producing fewer benefits than are possible with better-crafted rules. He advocates for market-based incentives, including an approach that would replace the EPA’s Clean Power Plan with a carbon tax.

Crandall holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where he taught economics. He has also taught at MIT, Maryland, George Washington University and Stanford. He is the author of several books including, with Cliff Winston and Vikram Maheshri, First Thing We Do: Let’s Deregulate All the Lawyers (Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 2011).

A reception and refreshments followed the lecture.

For more information, contact Kyra Palange at .

Oct. 31, 2016 - Robert Crandall, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution spoke at Tillman Hall on "Regulation, Deregulation, and the Information Economy". sponsored by the Information Economy Project

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Noted author, attorney Peter Huber spoke at Clemson April 12


Rick Uhlmann, College of Business and Behavioral Science

March 22, 2016

Peter Huber, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and prominent Washington, D.C. attorney, spoke at Clemson University on April 12, 5-6:30 p.m., in 100 Hardin Hall as part of the Clemson Information Economy Project.

An author of several books, Huber spoke on his latest title, “The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law is Undermining 21st Century Medicine.” The discussion focused on Huber’s argument that obsolete policies and government regulation are impeding growth of DNA-focused medical treatments.

Huber cites molecular medicine advances that are producing “designer drugs,” which offer cures customized to each patient. Yet, such therapies are routinely blocked because of new-drug approval restrictions imposed by the Food and Drug Administration. Huber argues progress will be thwarted until new rules are crafted that will allow for scientific breakthroughs now possible.

Before joining the Manhattan Institute, where he writes on drug development, energy, technology, and the law, Huber was an associate professor at MIT. He clerked on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and on the U.S. Supreme Court for Sandra Day O’Connor. Huber has a J.D. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

The Information Economy Project supports academic research, policy analysis, and popular commentary using economic theory and empirical methods to evaluate the challenges facing policy makers, judges and entrepreneurs.

For more information on the April 12 lecture, contact Kaitlin Matheson

Click here to watch Huber’s lecture.

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A Century of Spectrum Overregulation and the Quest to Liberate Wireless Technologies


via Hudson Institute

With the FCC’s relentless drive to regulate new technologies, a look back at the history of the federal government’s spectrum regulation can shed light on how to encourage innovation and competition in the wireless industry.

On Wednesday, December 9th, Professor Thomas Hazlett discussed his forthcoming book, The Political Spectrum: From Marconi to the iPhone, The Quest to Liberate Wireless Technologies of Freedom, in which he offers a revealing account of regulators’ suppression of competition and innovation over the past century, debunks the popular myth that regulators rescued the airwaves from chaos, and argues that the wireless market’s full potential can only be unleashed through spectrum deregulation.

Thomas Hazlett holds the H.H. Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics at Clemson University, where he also serves as Director of the Information Economy Project. Professor Hazlett previously served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission. Professor Hazlett’s widely published research focuses on regulation of telecommunications and the information sector. Professor Hazlett’s forthcoming book, The Political Spectrum: From Marconi to the iPhone, The Quest to Liberate Wireless Technologies of Freedom, will be published in the spring of 2016 by Yale University Press. Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth moderated the event.

Click here to download Dr. Hazlett’s slides.