Is this the end of asymmetric information?

I thought this essay by Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen was fascinating. Here’s the intro:

Might the age of asymmetric information – for better or worse – be over?  Market institutions are rapidly evolving to a situation where very often the buyer and the seller have roughly equal knowledge. Technological developments are giving everyone who wants it access to the very best information when it comes to product quality, worker performance, matches to friends and partners, and the nature of financial transactions, among many other areas.

These developments will have implications for how markets work, how much consumers benefit, and also economic policy and the law. As we will see, there may be some problematic sides to these new arrangements, specifically when it comes to privacy. Still, a large amount of economic regulation seems directed at a set of problems which, in large part, no longer exist.

Read the whole piece here it’s brilliantly argued, and covers everything from why the used car market is no longer flooded with lemons to why the CIA benefits greatly from continuing information asymmetry when it comes to demanding more resources from Congress.

Then read a great response to the piece, It’s Not the End of Regulation, by Joshua Gans.

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Is this the end of asymmetric information?