Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Online Webinar: Creative Destruction in Taxi Markets: The Regulation and Economics of Uber


17:00 Uhr


East Chicago Avenue 375
60611 Chicago

Throughout the world, the entry of Uber and other "ridesharing" services has challenged traditional taxi services, sometimes with accompanying violence.  Is Uber simply the newest Internet-enabled business platform that will beneficially disrupt markets?  Or is Uber an unfair threat to traditional transportation policy?  Drawing on the history of transportation and communications deregulation, Professor Speta will discuss the economic theory of taxi regulation and evaluate the entry of ridesharing services.  The history and economics suggest managing the transition in a manner similar to the deregulation of other network industries.

About the Speaker:

James B. Speta, Vice Dean and Elizabeth Froehling Horner Professor of Law

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Jim Speta has been a member of the faculty since 1999. His research interests include telecommunications and Internet policy, antitrust, administrative law, and market organization. He teaches in the Law School and in the Joint Program in Law and Business operated by the Law School and the Kellogg School. A 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Speta joined the Northwestern faculty following a one-year visit. He had previously clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and practiced appellate, telecommunications, and antitrust law with the Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin.

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