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Is More Antitrust the Answer to Rising Wealth Inequality?

University of Michigan professor Daniel Crane: “The story that somehow antitrust law is dead, that it’s been killed, is wrong. It hasn’t. It’s very...

Productivity, Inequality, and Economic Rents

Curbing excessive economic rents might bolster productivity and address rising inequality. Productivity growth—a necessary (though not sufficient) condition for rising incomes in the long run—has...

New Study Finds Evidence That Rents Might Be Higher in the U.S. than in Europe

A new paper by Caroline Freund and Sarah Oliver from the Peterson Institute for International Economics explores the origins of the world’s billionaires, and...

Who are the 30 Worst Brokers in America When Measured By Misconduct?

The ProMarket blog seeks to provide indexes that make markets work better. The data on brokers’ misconduct supplied by FINRA is very detailed, but...

ProMarket Interview: Robert J. Shiller on Competition, Deception and Rent-Seeking

Yale economist and Nobel Prize Laureate Robert J. Shiller explains why competition in itself does not always weed out deception and rent-seeking. “Our free-market system...

Are We All Rent-Seeking Investors?

Has The Economist, the commentary magazine of the capitalistic global elite, embraced the corporate-bashing trend taken by many populist politicians in the U.S., U.K.,...

Putting the Client Last: A Former Investment Banker Explains How Clients are Being Systemically Sucker-Punched

“It is when our clients are the most fragile that we make the most money.” Part two in a series of columns by anonymous...

The True Price of Reduced Competition in Health Care: Hospital Monopolies Drastically Drive Up Prices

New study reveals the potential damage of the merger frenzy that has accelerated in recent years. Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law,...

Is Fraud in the Financial Sector a “Bug” or a “Feature”?

Study: 7 percent of financial advisers have misconduct records - 44 percent are hired within a year. A new paper by Mark Egan, Gregor Matvos...

Study: Politically Connected Private Equity Firms Hire More, Fire Less in Order to Help Incumbent Politicians

Private equity firms are not often associated with job gains. A new paper by Mara Faccio and Scott Hsu reveals the political dynamics that lead...

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The Monopoly Harms That Antitrust Keeps Missing

In his new book Monopolized, journalist David Dayen tells the stories of individuals who have suffered at the hands of monopolists, showing...

Special Interests Hide Behind Regulatory Myths

Three myths about federal regulation help prevent much of the public, and many experts, from realizing how many regulations serve to promote...

The Persuasive Effect of Fox News: How Increases in Fox News Viewership Reduced Compliance With Social Distancing Guidelines

Using zip-code level data on Fox News viewership and individual cellphone movement data, a recent study finds that increasing the local viewership...

Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Eastman Kodak, Private Equity Hospitals, and America’s First Female Recession

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

Tech Monopolies Are the Reason the US Now Has a TikTok Problem

Tech platforms like Facebook say we should protect, empower, and celebrate their concentrated power for the sake of America’s national security. But...

Police Stops of Black Drivers Increase Following Trump Rallies, New Study Suggests 

A new study looks into how Trump's 2016 presidential campaign affected police behavior toward Black Americans and finds that the probability that...

Big Tech Is Officially Too Big to Manage

Last week’s Congressional hearing on Big Tech showed the CEOs of the four largest tech platforms unable to answer basic questions about...