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Submitted by Berk Ozler on
Thanks. Since this is becoming a theme and, at face value, seems like an intuitive solution, let me give my brief thoughts.

As you know economists like to argue everything ad nauseaum, meaning that such a proposal would immediately draw lots of counterproposals. The one I can think of off the top of my head is that equity is not equality and we're presumably after the first and not the second. If the talk is on trade policy and the trade folks want more questions allocated to them than me, that seems fair. Maybe, some gentleperson can "yield the remainder of their time" to some other gentleperson, causing some sort of market to trade question rights, you see where this is going.

I am sympathetic to such a concept that the chair is trying to enforce some sort of equity rule, while being reasonable (or without being draconian) about it. But, that puts a lot of pressure on the chair. Tough balancing acts...