August 12, 2009

Red, Red Wine: Interstate Wine Shipping


Mercatus scholars host a series of interviews with with policy scholars, elected officials and other practitioners about state and local legislative and regulatory reforms.

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Many states are still revising their wine shipping laws in 2009 to conform to a 2005 Supreme Court ruling that said states cannot discriminate against out-of-state sellers when regulating direct-to-consumer wine shipment. This podcast discusses some of the changes states have seen since the 2005 decision, the economics behind wine e-commerce, how direct wine shipment regulation affects the consumer and the benefits of a permit system.

This week we welcome Dr. Jerry Ellig, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Between 2001 and 2003, he served as deputy director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning and coauthored the FTC staff study on direct wine shipment. Since his time there he has remained interested in interstate wine shipments between states.