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Mayo, Wallsten, and Weymouth participate in dialogue: Ecommerce and Mobile Technology Policy Challenges for the United States, China, and the World

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John Mayo (CBPP Executive Director and Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy in the McDonough School of Business), Scott Wallsten (CBPP Senior Policy Scholar), and Stephen Weymouth (CBPP faculty affiliate, and Assistant Professor and Marano Faculty Fellow in the McDonough School of Business) participated in a workshop sponsored by the Georgetown University Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues on February 9-10, 2017, Ecommerce and Mobile Technology Policy Challenges for the United States, China, and the World.

Discussion was motivated by a number of related premises and questions. The rapid emergence of mobile technology and ecommerce has profoundly affected the global economic landscape. New technologies and applications have created business opportunities and the potential for greater growth and prosperity in China, the United States, and around the world. The accelerating expansion of mobile technology and ecommerce raises many questions about the design and adoption of policies to complement their welfare-enhancing potential. The pace of technological change and the persistence of contrasting national approaches make the construction of transparent and effective regulatory frameworks particularly difficult. How are the United States and China responding to this challenge domestically and internationally? How should they improve their emerging policy frameworks in the context of wider efforts to promote bilateral trade in products and services? And, how should government and businesses in both countries work together to advance an effective global regulatory regime?