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President and Founder

Geoffrey A. Manne is president and founder of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Portland, Oregon. He is also a distinguished fellow at Northwestern University’s Center on Law, Business, and Economics. Previously he taught at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to teaching, Manne practiced antitrust law at Latham & Watkins, clerked for Hon. Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a research assistant for Judge Richard Posner. He was also once (very briefly) employed by the FTC. Manne holds AB & JD degrees from the University of Chicago.

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Director of Innovation Policy

Kristian Stout, ICLE's Director of Innovation Policy is an expert in intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and Internet governance. Kristian has been a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Before practicing law, Kristian worked as a technology entrepreneur and a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University.

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Insurance bill would hamstring car-sharing services

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Facing pressure from the taxicab industry, Oregon legislators are currently considering a ridesharing insurance bill that would hamstring nascent businesses like Uber and Lyft throughout the state. Political pressure aside, however, the proposed bill underscores just how hard it is for lawmakers to understand the sharing economy at all.

At its root, House Bill 2995 fundamentally misunderstands the distinction between employees, contractors and “on-demand” workers. By seeking to shoehorn on-demand workers into more traditional employment relationships, the Oregon bill threatens to badly distort the insurance offerings available to ridesharing drivers and companies, and to make impossible the viability of ridesharing businesses in the state.

That may be exactly what the taxicab companies want, but it isn’t good for Oregon.

The basic idea behind the sharing economy is to enable individuals with a resource — time, extra housing, a vehicle — to make the unused portions of those resources available to their community, often for a fee below those set by professionals offering similar resources for dedicated use. The economic and social consequences of this innovation are significant: By enabling society to take advantage of these otherwise unused “fractional resources,” both the distribution of, as well as access to, economic opportunity are dramatically expanded.

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