Consumer-protection laws and regulations are often rationalized on the grounds that without them the public would make uninformed or foolish choices. But the risks arising from imperfect knowledge prompt consumers and entrepreneurs to discover new ways to assure quality and safety, thus undercutting the case for government regulation.

Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
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