San Jose State University, Department of Economics
DAVID S. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES
Jeff Ray Clark
"Are We Too Safe To Be Safe:
Government Safety Regulations that Kill"
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225 (Second Floor)
STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Sometimes government regulations designed to save lives actually have the
unintended consequence of increasing the loss of life. One such case is
the regulations that govern the rescue of mountain climbers on Mt.
McKinley. This policy fails to achieve its goals, aggravates existing
problems, and prevents new legislation that could improve outcomes. By
exploring the differences between short-run and long-run human responses,
Professor Clark will demonstrate how this and similar well-intended
government regulations regarding auto safety, Coast Guard operations,
flood insurance, and hurricane relief, among others, all increase the
number of deaths.
J. R. Clark holds the Scott L. Probasco, Jr., Chair of Free Enterprise at
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Earning a Ph.D. in Economics
from Virginia Polytechnic Institute under the Nobel Laureate James
Buchanan, Professor Clark is the author of six books and numerous
professional papers published in the United States, Japan, Italy, Canada,
Russia, and France. He held a national-level administrative position with
the Joint Council on Economic Education in New York. As President of J. R.
Clark & Associates for ten years, he has had substantial consulting
experience in both the public and private sectors including Fortune 500
companies, government agencies, universities, and major firms in the
publishing industry. Professor Clark has performed litigation support and
expert testimony for law firms in personal injury, wrongful death,
business evaluations, and matrimonial cases for fifteen years. Holding an
Airline Transport Pilot's rating, he also flies light corporate-class
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Economics invites students, faculty, and the general public to consider
intellectual arguments on controversial topics. Presenters in the
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environment of respect and intellectual discourse. Our goal is for you to
develop the critical thinking skills necessary to reach your own informed
position on controversial issues. We invite you to attend, to relax, to
ponder, and to enjoy the thought process.