Todd Zywicki Book Panel: Consumer Credit and the American Economy

Dec 04, 2014
2:00pm3:30pm
George Mason University, Arlington Campus Founders Auditorium, Room 134

The F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center invites you to a panel discussion featuring Todd Zywicki and his new co-authored book Consumer Credit and the American Economy.

In this book, authors Thomas A. Durkin, Gregory Elliehausen, and Michael E. Staten, and Todd Zywicki examine the economics, behavioral science, sociology, history, institutions, law and regulation of consumer credit in the United States. It looks at why Americans use credit in their everyday lives and the implications of credit use for the American economy and government regulation. This examination challenges stereotypical views and provides an economically informed way of looking at how and why consumers use credit and how it is regulated.

We will be pleased to hear from one of the authors, Todd Zywicki, as well as chair, Peter Boettke, and commenters, Steven Pearlstein and Joshua Wright.

If you have any questions about this event,  please contact Caitlyn Van Orden at Cvanorden@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-8297.

Todd Zywicki is a senior scholar and senior fellow with the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. He specializes in bankruptcy, contracts, commercial law, business associations, law and economics, and public choice and the law.

Peter Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic history, institutional analysis, public choice, and social change.

Joshua Wright is currently a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. Wright was previously a professor at George Mason University School of Law and held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. Wright is a leading scholar in antitrust law, economics, and consumer protection and has published more than 60 articles and book chapters, co-authored a leading casebook, and edited several book volumes focusing on these issues. Wright also served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review and a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal.

Steven Pearlstein is Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University and a Pulitzer-prize winning business and economics columnist for the Washington Post. Professor Pearlstein was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2008 for columns the previous year anticipating and explaining the recent financial crisis and global economic downturn. In 2011 he won the Gerald R. Loeb Award for lifetime achievement in business and financial journalism. His work has also been cited by the Society of Business Editors and Writers. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on national television and radio programs. He continues to write a regular column for the Post’s Sunday Business section, along with book reviews.