Dean Emeritus at George Mason University and Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute
Con to the question "Should Insider Trading by Congress Be Allowed?"
"In my 1966 book I said unequivocally that insider trading by any government officials on information received in the course of their work should be outlawed. The economic consequences of this trading on stock prices will be the same as any other informed trading, but there are many other aspects to the economic argument for legalizing insider trading generally that just will not pass the 'smell test' for government officials. The compensation argument for corporate insider trading cuts in exactly the opposite direction for government officials. We do not want them to receive extra compensation or outside compensation for doing their jobs. And, of course, all too frequently their access to this information is merely another form of a bribe, and that sure as hell is not legal. But proof will always be difficult (there are many ways government officials can hide the use of inside information, including using the information as a currency with which to pay off other contacts, thus avoiding buying or selling the securities themselves), and enforcement of any law against insider trading will be minimal at best. You can be sure that the SEC will not actively monitor Congressional trading, and the usual disclosure techniques will rarely elicit sufficient legal proof of a violation of the law. Ultimately the only thing that will reduce the value of the use of inside information by government officials is for the government to be involved in far, far fewer matters than it is at present, thus curtailing the amount of valuable information the government can force out of citizens."
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to insider trading issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to insider trading issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Dean Emeritus, George Mason University, 1986 - present
Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute
Life Member, American Law and Economics Association
Honored by the American Law and Economics Association as one of the four founders of the field of Law and Economics
Contributor, Wall Street Journal
Former Professor of Law, Emory University, 1980 - 1986
Former Professor of Law, University of Miami, 1974 - 1980
Former Professor of Law, University of Rochester, 1971 - 1974
Created the Law and Economics Center (LEC), the first reported academic center devoted to the development of the field of Law and Economics (presently part of the George Mason University School of Law)
SJD (Doctorate of Judicial Science), Yale Law School
JD, University of Chicago
BA, cum laude, Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1950