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Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 27-November 4)

Facebook is still open to manipulation by malicious political actors; the dialysis industry has spent over $100 million to fight a ballot measure that...

Brazil’s Election Is Yet Another Indication That Facebook Is Too Big to Manage

Facebook’s failure to curb the massive disinformation campaign that preceded Jair Bolsonaro’s election victory shows that it is unable to control the dangerous consequences...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 20-27)

Corporate executives warm up to Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro; the US is developing into a “plutocracy,” says former Fed chairman; Tim Cook...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 14-20)

Facebook's WhatsApp finds itself at the center of Brazil's political upheaval; the EU is pushing ahead with its planned tax on tech platforms; Trump’s replacement for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 7-14)

The DOJ approves the CVS-Aetna merger, radically altering the landscape of US health care; Sheldon Adelson pumps millions into GOP races; Silicon Valley’s Saudi...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 1-7)

Brazil's business community rallies around far-right authoritarian; Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh enters the Supreme Court; Amazon raises its minimum wage to $15 an hour;...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (September 22–29)

Facebook’s bad week included a new security breach, high-profile resignations and damaging exposés; tech giants are spending billions on physical infrastructure and lobbying for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (September 16–22)

The White House is getting ready to go after tech platforms and the EU is going after Amazon, while Louisiana’s attorney general wants to break...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (September 7–16)

Is the government's response to the 2008 financial crisis responsible for the rise of populism in the US and Europe?; the real Google censorship...

Journalism Over Algorithms: How One Company Is Attempting to Combat Fake News

NewsGuard is a new startup that relies on reporting instead of artificial intelligence to rate the trustworthiness of news sites: “It became obvious to us...

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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...