Asher Schechter

Writer and editor, ProMarket. As a journalist, he has mostly covered issues related to the intersection between politics and the economy, such as antitrust, corruption, lobbying and social movements. Prior to joining the Stigler center, he worked for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz-TheMarker, where he was a senior features writer and still writes as a political columnist. He is the author of Rothschild: The Story of a Protest Movement (2012, Hakibbutz Hameuhad-Sifriat Poalim Publishing Group), a nonfiction book covering Israel’s social protests of 2011, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper (New York Hub). He previously hosted The Cost of Doing Business, a twice-weekly podcast about business and economics in Israel. You can follow him on Twitter at @asherschechter.

Could Blockchain Technology Alter the Balance of Power Within the Financial System? Q&A with David Yermack

"Blockchain technology is threatening to remake the financial system from the top down in a way that threatens the existence of all the banks,...

Nobel Laureates: Eliminating Rent Seeking and Tougher Antitrust Enforcement Are Critical to Reducing Inequality

Angus Deaton: "A lot of the inequality in the U.S. comes from rent seeking. It comes from firms and industry seeking special protection or...

Do Mergers Benefit or Harm the Economy? Q&A with Bruce Blonigen

A new paper finds that mergers allow firms to raise prices, but finds no evidence that they improve productivity or efficiency. Do large mergers benefit or harm consumers? Over...

The Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership: Q&A with Martin Schmalz

Martin Schmalz, assistant professor of business administration and finance at the University of Michigan, speaks about the anti-competitive effects of common ownership, a situation in...

Is China Succeeding in the War Against Corruption? Q&A with Bernard Yeung

In the past four years, China has been waging the biggest anticorruption campaign in its modern history. Is it working?      In the past four years, the...

Can the Euro Be Saved? A Stigler Center Panel Pits Skepticism Versus Optimism

Joseph Stiglitz: "it may be necessary to abandon the euro to save the European project." Markus Brunnermeier: “the situation is improving. The structural reforms really worked,...

The Euro Crisis and The Clash of Ideologies: Q&A with Markus Brunnermeier

Brunnermeier, co-author of the recent book The Euro and the Battle of Ideas, participated in our November 30 event on the future of the euro...

When Did Americans Stop Being Antimonopoly? Q&A with Richard R. John

Columbia professor Richard R. John explains the history of U.S. monopolies and why antimonopoly should not be conflated with antitrust.   For more than two centuries,...

How Will Antitrust Policy Look Under President Trump? Q&A with The Capitol Forum’s Teddy Downey

Will President Trump go after Silicon Valley, or block the AT&T-Time Warner merger? Teddy Downey, CEO and executive editor of The Capitol Forum, explains how...

Campaign Finance in the 2016 Election: With Federal Reform Unlikely, the Use of Super PACs has Become More “Brazen”

While it is still too early to draw any decisive conclusions regarding the role money played during this election cycle, some trends can already...

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The United States: An Exceptional Case? A Webinar With Stephen Haber, Richard R. John, and Luigi Zingales

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Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

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As the Covid-19 crisis evolves from a temporary shock into what seems like a long-term catastrophe, six finance scholars from Chicago Booth—Douglas...

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Two years ago, the Morandi bridge collapse claimed 43 lives. Based on financial statements, Italian government documents, and interviews with independent experts...

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Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean.