Guy Rolnik

Guy Rolnik is a Clinical Associate Professor for Strategic Management at the University of Chicago Booth school of Business. Rolnik is the Founder of Israel’s leading economics newspaper TheMarker and is considered the most Influential economic journalist in Israel in the last 2 decades. Rolnik served for 15 years as Editor-in-Chief of TheMarker and 7 years as the Deputy Publisher of Haaretz daily newspaper - Israel oldest and most important newspaper. Rolnik is the recipient (2013) of the Sokolov (Israeli Pulitzer) life-time-achievement award for excellence in Journalism. He is credited with revolutionizing the Israeli Journalism and media worlds and as bringing dramatic changes to the economic and social discourse in Israel. Rolnik researches and writes about Political Economy, Financial Markets, Antitrust and Regulation. He teaches courses on Regulation, Corporate Reputation and Communication at the Booth school at University of Chicago, in Tel Aviv University and I.D.C in Israel.

How Benjamin Netanyahu Used the Covid-19 Crisis to Save His Political Career

As countries around the world are waging war on the coronavirus, Israel’s prime minister has managed to leverage the crisis to gain more power...

"We Were Naïve,” Says FCC Chair Who Oversaw the Creation of Section 230

In an interview with ProMarket, former FCC chair Reed Hundt spoke about antitrust, Big Tech platforms, the future of the 1996 provision that provided legal protection...

The Hidden Risk in Bernie Sanders's Plan to Save Journalism: an Unholy Alliance Between Publishers and Tech Monopolists

Sanders's plan is important and laudable, but his proposal to use a tax on targeted advertising to fund journalism is dangerous.        Donald Trump is not the...

“Emmanuel Macron Is Not a Liberal, He Just Pretends to Be”

The French president found himself under fire following an attempted police raid on the offices of the investigative news site Mediapart. While many around...

The News Media’s Business Model of Extortion

The Jeff Bezos vs. The National Enquirer scandal highlights the role that extortion may play in the business model of some news outlets.      Jeff Bezos’s...

“Short Sellers Don't Exist to Fix the Problems. They Exist to Shed Light on the Problems”

In an interview with ProMarket, Fahmi Quadir, the short seller whose bet against Valeant in 2015 helped expose the company's misdeeds, talks about short...

Digital Platforms’ Targeting Tools Are Opaque and Potentially Dangerous

A lawsuit claims that Facebook inflated video metrics to lure advertisers. Facebook denies, but it's worth noting that it would be much easier for...

Solutions to the Threats of Digital Monopolies

In Chapter 5 of the forthcoming Stigler Center ebook Digital Platforms and Concentration, published in anticipation of the eponymous conference at Chicago Booth on...

Case 2000: How Netanyahu and Israel’s Most Powerful Media Mogul Planned to Subvert the Market for News and Ideas

It doesn’t involve a high-profile American billionaire, and yet of the two cases on which the police recommended indicting Israel’s prime minister, “Case 2000”...

“In Just About Every Generation, Many People Thought the American Republic was on the Verge of Collapse”

The second installment of our two-part interview with Harvard Business School professor David Moss about his recent book Democracy: A Case Study. "One of the reasons...

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Paid to Show the Drug Works: Why “Blind” Clinical Trials for New Drugs are Far Less Blind Than They Should Be

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Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Elder Care Facilities, Twitter, and Pot

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

It Is Such a Small World: The Market-Design Academic Community Evolved in a Business Network

Private equity funds such as Michael Dell's MSD Capital made hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from the 2017 FCC spectrum...

How Market Design Economists Helped to Engineer a Mass Privatization of Public Resources

In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission conducted a complex two-sided auction to reallocate spectrum from broadcasters to mobile communications companies. The way...

How Alberto Alesina Challenged the Median Voter Theorem

"Alberto Alesina's insight was that the economy was driven neither by the opportunistic behavior of politicians nor by the pursuit of partisan...

Not Everyone Agreed With Alberto Alesina, but Nobody Could Ignore the Work He Did

Harvard professor Jeffry Fridel was a friend and a colleague of Alberto Alesina. They shared the beginning of their careers, a house...

The Death of Independent Podcasting: What Spotify Is Trying to Do With the Joe Rogan Deal

Spotify is gaining power over podcast distribution by either buying production directly or striking exclusive deals, as it did with Rogan. Once...