Ahmed Taha: The Unintended Consequences of Regulation

November 12, 2019 | 4:00–5:00 PM | Broyhill Auditorium, Farrell Hall, Wake Forest University School of Business

To protect investors and consumers, legislatures and regulatory agencies often require sellers of certain consumer and investment products to provide disclosures about the products. Although these disclosures are intended to affect investor and consumer behavior in particular ways, they also can have unintended consequences. Prof. Taha will discuss the design and results of several experiments examining the effects of particular mandatory disclosures and whether they can be made more effective.

Prof. Ahmed Taha, who holds a JD and PhD in economics from Stanford University, is a professor of law at Pepperdine University and the faculty co-director of the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law. Prof. Taha previously taught at Wake Forest University School of Law, served as an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a litigation associate with Wilson Sonsini, and a corporate finance analyst at McKinsey. His research has focused on the ways that disclaimers and other regulatory attempts to curb misleading practices can result in unintended effects, and his articles have examined rebates, mutual fund disclosures, securities endorsements, and more.