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Peter Van Doren

Peter Van Doren is editor of the quarterly journal Regulation and an expert in the regulation of housing, land, energy, the environment, transportation, and labor. He has taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University), the School of Organization and Management (Yale University), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1987 to 1988 he was the postdoctoral fellow in political economy at Carnegie Mellon University. His writing has been published in theWall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Journal of Commerce, and the New York Post. Van Doren has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, and Voice of America. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University.

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Peter Van Doren Vs. MS-13

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Peter Van Doren on Apr 27, 2018

Peter Van Doren joins us again to discuss his time on jury duty.

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Is Trump Deregulating? (With Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 18, 2019

Peter Van Doren joins us to discuss if Trump has actually kept his campaign promises of deregulation. 

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A Libertarian Approach to the Green New Deal

featuring Paul Matzko and Peter Van Doren on Mar 7, 2019

Hold your cows, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal actually wouldn’t make enough of a global impact to matter. 

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What Role Should Science Play in Public Policy?

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 29, 2016

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion about why environmental policy questions so often result in dueling scientific studies.

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Popping Techno-Utopian Bubbles

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Peter Van Doren on Nov 15, 2018

Peter Van Doren explains that debates over the use of new technologies typically focus on ethics rather than efficacy.

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Ranked Choice Voting, A Better Way to Vote?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 3, 2019

Instead of choosing the lesser of two evils at the ballot box, you could rank your preferences, like they did in Maine for the midterm election. 

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The Implications of Behavioral Economics

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion on Richard Thaler’s work in behavioral economics.

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Regulations Gone Wrong

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 9, 2014

Peter Van Doren talks about regulatory failure in markets, specifically phone service, banking, electricity, internet, and health care.

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When Markets Fail

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 23, 2013

Peter Van Doren joins Aaron and Trevor to answer questions about market failure and the provision of public goods.

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How Economists Think About Health Care

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 3, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us this week to talk about health care economics. How much should we spend on health care, and how would we know the answer to that question?

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Wages and Workers

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 13, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on how wages are determined in a market economy.

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An Introduction to Public Choice

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2015

Peter Van Doren returns to Free Thoughts for a discussion on public choice economics and how it affects political decision making.

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The Internet Doesn’t Need to Be Saved

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 3, 2014

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on net neutrality. What is net neutrality, and why do people seem to get so upset about it?