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Social Media Clickwraps and the “Manufacture of Consent”

A new study identifies a political economic interface design strategy that threatens privacy protections by maintaining “the biggest lie on the internet.”     We check the...

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...

Announcing the Participants in the 2019 Stigler Center Journalist in Residence Program

In March, the Stigler Center will welcome eight world-class journalists from France, Australia, India, China, Italy, Uganda, and the United States for an intensive 12-week program...

Facebook, Extreme Inequality, and Globalization: ProMarket’s Top Stories of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we look back at ProMarket’s most-read and most-widely shared stories of the past year.     The early mentor to Mark...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (December 9-16)

Congress misses an opportunity to scrutinize Google; the IRS is on life support; Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew for decades that its baby powder...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (December 2-9)

Documents released by British Parliament show Facebook’s attempts to stifle competition; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau no longer protects consumers; provider consolidation is driving...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (November 18-December 2)

New report reveals America’s “concentration crisis”; antitrust enforcers and regulators in Europe are going after Amazon, Facebook and Google; Facebook’s ongoing Soros debacle; and...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (November 11-18)

Facebook’s latest scandal leads lawmakers to proclaim: “Big tech can no longer be trusted”; New Yorkers vow to resist Amazon’s HQ2 deal; monopolization is...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (November 4-11)

The costliest midterm election in US history ends with a victory for Democrats—and for money in politics in general; Amazon and Apple crack down...

Not Your Typical Short Seller: The Stigler Center Hosts Fahmi Quadir

Quadir, known for betting against Valeant in 2015, will discuss short selling, exposing corporate fraud and thriving in a sometimes-reviled industry lacking diversity in...

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Prison Labor Can Create Perverse Incentives for Incarceration and Reduce Trust in Legal Institutions

Government proponents of prison labor should be mindful of the potential for negative effects, including increased incarceration rates and citizens’ deteriorating views...

Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Robinhood, Quibi, and Corporate America’s Addiction to Debt

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

How Germany Managed to Outlaw Facebook’s Core Business Model

In a surprise ruling last month, the German Federal Court of Justice determined that Facebook must comply with an earlier decision by...

Tailoring Lockdowns for Developing Countries

The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated livelihoods in developing nations, and coronavirus-related deaths are rising in Africa and South Asia at an alarming...

Why Most Advertisers Can’t Afford to Boycott Facebook

While big brands can afford to pause their addiction to Facebook, most advertisers cannot participate, as they have become so dependent on...

Can Covid-19 Erode Young Individuals’ Trust in Politics for Decades to Come?

A new study shows that exposure to an epidemic during one's “impressionable years” (18-25) has a persistent negative effect on trust in...

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

Many see the US as a land where free markets and antitrust enforcement have historically kept monopolies under control. But is that...