George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Call for Papers: Developing a Benefit-Cost Framework for Data Policy

The Program on Economics & Privacy at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and the Future of Privacy Forum are seeking papers to explore the development of a benefit-cost framework in privacy policy. Scholars from an interdisciplinary background, including economics, law, public policy, business and marketing, are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

Selected submissions will be presented at the Fifth Annual Public Policy Symposium on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security Policy, on June 8, 2017, at the Antonin Scalia Law School, and published in a special symposium issue of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.

Click here for more information and to learn how to submit your paper.

Papers for Second Annual Digital Information Policy Conference Announced

The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University School of Law will host a Scholars Conference on the economics of digital information policy on Friday, April 28, 2017. The mission of PEP is to promote the sound application of economic analysis to issues surrounding the digital information economy through original research, policy outreach, and education.

The Scholars Conference will showcase fourteen original law & economics research papers. Presenters and topics include:

  • Derek Bambauer (U of Arizona Law) on Algorithms, Decisionmaking, and Privacy
  • Sam Blazek (U of Texas) on the Price of Privacy and Anonymous Electronic Marketplaces
  • James Cooper (Director, PEP) on Measuring Autonomy Losses from the 2012 Google Privacy Policy Changes
  • Martina Ferracane (European Centre for Intl Political Economy) on Stricter Regimes of Data Flows
  • Mark Flood (US Treasury Office of Financial Research) on Cryptography and the Economics of Supervisory Information
  • Jon Klick (U of Pennsylvania Law) on State Data Breaches and Income Tax e-Filing
  • Michael Kummer (Georgia Tech) on Mobile Applications and Access to Private Data
  • Siona Listokin (GMU Policy & Govt) on Data Collection, Data Use, and Firm Performance
  • Talal Rahim (Boston U) on Controlling Prices on Peer-to-Peer Platforms
  • Sasha Romanosky (RAND Corp) on Content Analysis of Cyber Insurance Policies
  • Meiping Sun (Columbia) on EMV Technology and Credit Card Fraud
  • Ying Lei Toh (U of Toulouse) on Privacy and Quality in Data Disclosure
  • Jose Tudon (U of Chicago) on an Empirical Investigation on Net Neutrality
  • Liad Wagman (Illinois Inst of Technology) on Effects of State Wiretapping Laws on Drug Crimes

The Conference will also feature a luncheon keynote from Ginger Jin, Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics.

The Scholars Conference will be held at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, located at 3351 Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. There is no cost to register, and continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

You can see event information and the agenda, and register to attend at:

For further information, you may call or send an email to Jeff Smith, at 703.993.8382 or

New Research from PEP Scholars

Anonymity, Autonomy, and the Collection of Personal Data: Measuring the Privacy Impact of Google’s 2012 Privacy Policy Change

James Cooper
George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

The Missing Role of Economics in FTC Privacy Policy

James Cooper
George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Joshua D. Wright
George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty




Professor James Cooper Appears on Tech Freedom Panel Discussing Broadband Privacy


On Monday, PEP Director Professor James Cooper had the opportunity to join other privacy experts in a discussion on the proper role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in enforcement of privacy rules. Professor Cooper was joined by Maggie Reardon, Senior Writer at CNET; Christin McMeley, Partner and Chair of the Privacy and Security Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine; Marc Rotenberg, President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC); Tim Sparapani, Senior Policy Fellow at CALinnovates; and Berin Szóka, President of Tech Freedom.

You can view the discussion in its entirety below: