Jonathan B. Baker

Jonathan B. Baker, a former chief economist at the FTC and the FCC, is Research Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law. He is the author of The Antitrust Paradigm: Restoring a Competitive Economy, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Why the Political Misuse of Antitrust Must be Prevented

Misuse of antitrust for partisan purposes violates a norm intended to insulate enforcement from direct political influence and discourage politicians from exploiting...

How Reforming Antitrust Can Restore a Competitive Economy

For decades, competition in America has been on the wane, leading to slower economic growth and a gaping chasm of inequality. Antitrust can help...

Market Power or Just Scale Economies?

While increased economies of scale may offer a partial explanation for higher margins and declining dynamism in the US economy, growing market power provides...

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Academic Gatekeepers, Real and Imagined, Are Threatening the Credibility of the Field of Political Finance 


One objective of political finance is to hold power to account. However, gatekeeping, both direct and indirect, is keeping important work from...

A Call for Comments: Have You Been Affected by Academic Gatekeeping?

On Friday, ProMarket published a piece by Renée Adams about the impact of academic gatekeeping in the political finance. Do you have...

How Big Data Fuels Big Tech’s Anticompetitive Conduct and Gatekeeping Power

Achieving a truly open internet is only possible through robust online competition free from the control of today’s digital gatekeepers like Facebook...

The Corporate Power Narrative: How Corporations Benefit from Economic Globalization

In an excerpt from their new book, Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters, Anthea Roberts and...

Managers Should Satisfy Only the Ethically Permissible Preferences of Shareholders

Oliver Hart and Luigi Zingales have proposed a revision to the dominant model of the objective of the firm, most famously defended...

Plagues Upon the Earth: How Wealth Intersects With Mortality

Kyle Harper’s new book, Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History, shows that the story of disease is...

What Accounts for the Gender Equality Among Pharmacists?

In her new book Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity, Harvard Professor Claudia Goldin traces how generations of women have...