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Industry Regulators and the Sharing Economy: Monday’s Show (October 5, 2015)

How close are regulators to the businesses they are charged with watching? When does their mission to protect the public interest get mired in the will to further industry? Texas Tribune energy reporter Jim Malewitz has been contemplating these questions. On today’s Houston Matters, he joins us to discuss the sometimes uneasy relationship between industry […]

How close are regulators to the businesses they are charged with watching? When does their mission to protect the public interest get mired in the will to further industry? Texas Tribune energy reporter Jim Malewitz has been contemplating these questions. On today’s Houston Matters, he joins us to discuss the sometimes uneasy relationship between industry and regulators in Greater Houston. We also talk with Doug Schuler, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at Rice University’s Jones School of Business.

Also: The success of companies like app-based paid ride service Uber and web-based private lodging provider Airbnb have raised the profile of what’s characterized as a “sharing economy” model. But as much as these companies may represent a developing economic trend, it’s one that brings with it some complicated legal questions, as we learn from University of Houston Assistant Professor of Law Kellen Zale.

Plus: We talk with Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine writer Jeff Balke about the Houston Astros’ upcoming wild card play-in game against the New York Yankees and the Houston Texans’ awful 48-21 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons.

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