Robin Hanson uses an economic approach to explain different social, economical, and political phenomenons in politics. With a sense economic analysis, Hanson discusses the limitations and disadvantages of product bans, paternalism, and Social Insurance. Future studies can be a valuable aid to social scientists to evaluate the impact of technological developments like Internet, robotics, and energy generation. It also mentions the importance of prediction and decisions markets as an alternative to forecasting agencies. The difference between a speculative market and a specialized agency, is that a market deals efficiently with the problems of uncertain, inexact, and incomplete information. Many companies have found applications in this markets by outsourcing policy decision making.
Robin Hanson is an associate professor at George Mason University and Research Associate in Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He has written numerous publications and short essays that contain a lot of his researches and thoughts about economics, health care, law enforcement, and more. Hanson has received various awards, as Alfred P. Sloan Dissertation Fellowship in 1996, Global Idea Bank Web Social Innovations Award in 1996, among others. He holds a B.S. in physics from the University of California at Irvine, a M.S. in physics and a M.A. in Conceptual Foundations of Science from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in social science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech).