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The Mercatus Center Consumer Credit Conference: Consumer Choice & Safety After the Financial Crisis

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The Mercatus Center Consumer Credit Conference: Consumer Choice & Safety After the Financial Crisis
October 24, 2013 9:00 am
October 24, 2013 2:00 pm
Mercatus Center
September 26, 2013
Hotel Monaco
Washington, D.C., DC, United States
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 This event has been postponed. This page will be updated once the conference is rescheduled.






No matter the state of the economy, consumers rely on credit to make advances in their lives—from purchasing household appliances or automobiles to financing a new home. With the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), consumers face a brand new regulatory regime that will play an instrumental role in determining the availability of that credit. While the agency’s mission is to protect consumers as they purchase and use financial products, its unique structure has raised concerns about the potential unintended consequences of regulating consumer credit. In a timely event featuring experts on consumer financial markets policy, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is hosting a conference analyzing the new regulatory landscape facing policymakers, industry participants, and individual consumers. Panelists will address key questions on the issue of consumer credit, including:


  • Based on the CFPB’s active agenda in a number of areas of great importance to consumers, what can we expect to see from the agency in the future? Is the CFPB’s approach helping consumers or hurting them?  
  • How important is market competition to consumers? Do consumers benefit or suffer from policies like limiting interchange fees? 




Keynote: Joshua Wright, FTC Commissioner

Geoffrey Manne, Executive Director of the International Center for Law and Economics

Ed Mierzwinski, Federal Consumer Program Director and Senior Fellow for U.S. PIRG

Tim Stanley, President and CEO Heights Finance Corporation

Todd Zywicki, Mercatus Center Senior Scholar and George Mason University Professor of Law



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