Duquesne University School of Law

Prof. Oranburg discusses the sharing economy in Federalist Society video

Friday, January 6, 2017

Prof. Seth Oranburg is a featured speaker in a new video by The Federalist Society, Regulating Rideshare: The Rise of the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is disrupting industries and transforming how people work, says the national group, but experts can’t even agree on what to call it. Oranburg joins lawyers, public policy professionals, and workers in discussing the legal and regulatory issues that continue to emerge as Uber, Lyft, airbnb, TaskRabbit, and similar platforms play an increasingly role in society.  

The video is the society's second in a series about the topic.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the state of the legal order. The group was founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the U.S. Constitution, and that it is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.  The Society seeks to promote an awareness of these principles and to further them through its activities. 

Oranburg first appears at 1:27 in the society’s video, noting that he prefers to use the term peer-to-peer economy instead of sharing economy.  As a society, he says, “We need to make some larger decisions about whether we want to ensure that people are protected and that jobs are secure – which means not changing quickly – or to allow change to unfold in the hope that we will end up in a better society. 

“There is always a trade-off between making things safer and making them affordable,” the Duquesne Law professor says later in the piece. “And there is always a trade-off between government regulation and freedom of choice. That’s something as a society we need to re-evaluate now that we have new tools to have new choices.” 

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Oranburg is an assistant professor of law who studies the effect of law on innovation and the economy. His research includes Internet shareholder activism, crowdfunding, venture capital and angel investing, smart contracts, network effects, information brokerage, and other commercial activities that relate to securities regulation, corporate finance, business associations, contracts, and related legal issues. He joined the Duquesne Law faculty in 2016.