Consumer Safety Regulation: Putting a Price on Life and Limb by Peter AschConsumer Safety Regulation: Putting a Price on Life and Limb by Peter Asch

Consumer Safety Regulation: Putting a Price on Life and Limb

byPeter Asch

Hardcover | May 26, 1988

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Advocates of consumer safety regulation, an active and controversial area of public policy in the United States, contend that markets do not adequately protect the interests of vulnerable consumers; market traditionalists respond that public agencies increasingly make risk/safety decisionsthat individual citizens ought to be making for themselves. This book, written by an economist, critically assesses the rationales for, and the effects of, our major consumer safety programs. Addressed to a general audience, and incorporating relevant literature on cognitive psychology as well aseconomics, the author argues that although legitimate reasons for public protection of consumers exist in some markets, the particular programs we adopt often produce results that fall far short of what their advocates desire, and at least occasionally yield perverse outcomes.
Peter Asch is at Rutgers University.
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Title:Consumer Safety Regulation: Putting a Price on Life and LimbFormat:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.49 × 6.46 × 0.83 inPublished:May 26, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195049721

ISBN - 13:9780195049725

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"A model of clarity...It provides an excellent overview of the consumer-protection field and would be useful both as an undergraduate text and as a reference for professional economists." --Small Business Economics 2