january, 2018

29jan4:00 pm5:30 pmMichael C. Munger: 'Moral and Regulatory Implications of the Sharing Economy'


Event Details

We are pleased to welcome Professor Michael C. Munger on ‘The Moral and Regulatory Implications of the Sharing Economy’. This is an optional pre-read seminar. Registered attendees will receive the paper by email one week prior to the event. A wine and cheese reception will follow. 

Abstract:  The ‘sharing economy’ combines software apps that sharply reduce transactions costs with a combination of flexible labour and unused or excess capacity in a variety of durable goods. The transactions costs revolution will transform the boundary between renting and owning. The problem, as Marc Andreessen has noted, is that “software eats the world.” Software is to the service economy just as corrosive as automation and robotics was to the manufacturing economy. What are the obligations of individuals in the context of such a wrenching transformation, and what role should regulation play in trying limit the most damaging impacts?

Munger is a professor of political science, economics, and public policy at Duke University. His recent books include “Choosing in Groups” (coauthored with his son, Kevin Munger) and “The Thing Itself,” both in 2015. His research interests include the study of the morality of exchange and the working of the new “Middleman Economy.” Much of his recent work has been in philosophy, examining the concept of truly voluntary exchange, a concept for which he coined the term “euvoluntary.”  His current project is a book entitled “Tomorrow 3.0”.

Prof. Munger’s seminar is part of our Hart Seminar Series, which features a diverse group of leading scholars working at the intersection of law and philosophy. Hart Publishing contributes generous support to make the seminar series possible. The complete 2017-18 line-up is available here.


(Monday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


University of Surrey School of Law

Frank Whittle Building (AB) Fifth Floor, Guildford, GU2 7XH

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