We've received the following Call for Papers:
Economic Inquiry is excited to announce a Symposium on the Economics of Consumer Protection. The goal of this symposium is to create a unique reference on consumer protection economics topics that would (a) synthesize what is known about the current state of economic analyses of consumer protection law enforcement and policy, (b) identify open consumer protection policy questions in need of more refined economic analysis, and (c) advance the application of economics to consumer protection policy analysis and law enforcement. The symposium will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 founding of a division of economists devoted to consumer protection at the Federal Trade Commission. Papers related to the Federal Trade Commission’s dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition are particularly welcome.
Consumer protection economics draws from various fields of applied microeconomics, including the economics of information, labor economics, economics of the household, industrial organization, experimental economics, behavioral economics, law and economics, regulatory economics, and welfare economics, as well as applied statistics, and econometrics. We invite submissions from a broad range of fields using a variety of techniques, including new theoretical models, targeted literature reviews or meta-analyses, and empirical research, including econometric analysis, surveys, and experiments.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following: