Right To Repair

The Limited Promise of Right-To-Repair Reforms

Roy Shapira discusses the problem of wasteful consumerism and society's throwaway culture, arguing that while the "right to repair" movement is important, antitrust policy is unable to address the underlying social and psychological drivers that push consumers to constantly purchase new items and can even hinder bottom-up pressures to reduce waste. Shapira analyzes various policy proposals and legal avenues to help change companies' and consumers' incentives in order to reduce environmentally harmful product obsolescence.