Guest Starr Discusses The Research Behind the FTC’s Proposed Noncompete Ban (Fairly Competing, Episode 21)

Episode 21 of Fairly Competing is out!

The FTC’s proposed ban on noncompete agreements (and other “de facto” noncompetes) relies in large part of the research of University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Professor Evan Starr — one of the leading scholars in the field.

In this episode, John, Ben, and I talk with Professor Starr about the strengths and weakness of his research, his key insights into other research in the field, and an important working paper of HEC Paris Professor Jessica Jeffers, The Impact of Restricting Labor Mobility on Corporate Investment and Entrepreneurship.

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And, because this show is for you, please email John, Ben, or me with any topics you’d like to hear us discuss. While we cannot offer legal advice on the show, we can certainly discuss any issues you may be wondering about.


*Thank you again to Erika Hahn for the intro and outro voice over, Tyler Beck for the music, and mohamed_hassan for the base image.