The Sharing Economy: Perspectives on Policies in the New Economy

Jul 15, 2015Jul 16, 2015
Rayburn House Office Building B-340

Event Speakers

Christopher Koopman

Senior Affiliated Scholar

Event Video

The sharing economy’s rapid rise has transformed how many people work and live, from commuting, shopping, eating, vacationing, and even borrowing money. Firms like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb seem to be grabbing headlines on a daily basis as they grow into billion-dollar ventures, disrupt local businesses, and create new policy questions for regulators.

To help shed light on these issues, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join Research Fellow Christopher Koopman for a Capitol Hill Campus presentation examining the economics and policy issues surrounding the sharing economy.

 Mr. Koopman will cover issues, such as:

  • What is the sharing economy?
  • How does it work?
  • Why are incumbent industries and local regulators so eager to attack these firms?
  • Are these business models truly unfair and anti-competitive?
  • What can federal policymakers do to encourage entry, competition, and consumer protection in this new and evolving space?

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. Lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this event is not open to interns. Questions? Please contact Samantha Hopta at