Consumer Safety Regulation: Putting a Price on Life and Limb

Consumer Safety Regulation: Putting a Price on Life and Limb


By (author) Peter Asch


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 241mm x 21mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195049721
  • ISBN 13: 9780195049725
  • Illustrations note: 17 line illustrations, 8 tables

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This book is about consumer safety and the issues that concern both academics and policy-makers in the United States. On one side of the debate are the consumer advocates who say that private markets, if left to their own devices, will impose unacceptable risks on the public. On the other are the conservatives who argue that government safety regulations infringe on personal freedom. There are also economists who say that public intervention has been pursued without adequate analysis of its costs and benefit. This book examines both the debate and the status of current regulatory activity. The approach is practical rather than theoretical.

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'the book is interesting, informative and well written ... It provides a balanced perspective on the pros and cons of safety regulation.' Rachel Dardis, College Park, MD, Journal of Consumer Policy