When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 1:30 — 4:30 p.m. EDT
The existence of vigorous market competition should not be taken for granted, as it often can be undermined both by public policy and natural economic forces. Competition is particularly impaired when state policymakers subsidize large existing firms rather than support new businesses, when unnecessarily strict licensing rules limit the ability to work, and when network effects make it difficult for startups to offer new services. However, carefully considered policy reforms can unleash competitive forces, thereby strengthening the link between economic progress and rising living standards.
On June 13, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a forum to explore the most effective policy options to foster a more dynamic and competitive economy. The forum will feature introductory remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and a fireside chat between Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution; founder and partner, Revolution Growth; co-founder, America Online; chairman, Case Foundation and Jason Furman, professor of the practice of economic policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
The forum will also include two roundtable discussions and a research presentation, featuring: Terry McAuliffe, former governor, Commonwealth of Virginia; Terrell McSweeny, former commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; John C. Haltiwanger, distinguished university professor; Dudley and Louisa Dillard professor of economics, University of Maryland; Robert Seamans, associate professor, NYU Stern School of Business; Megan J. Smith, CEO, shift7; Joshua Gans, Jeffrey S. Skoll chair of technical innovation and entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; and Aaron Chatterji, associate professor, Duke Fuqua School of Business.
The forum will coincide with the release of three new Hamilton Project policy proposals on topics including: exploring data and identity portability; removing anticompetitive policies in the health care system; and reforming state policies to support entrepreneurship rather than large incumbent firms.
For updates on the event, follow @HamiltonProj, and join the conversation using #MoreCompetition.