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Blockchains and Corporate Finance: “In a Blockchain Market, Shareholder Activists Might Play Much Less of a Role”

Will blockchain technology lead to less shareholder activism and higher executive compensation? Watch David Yermack’s full Stigler Center lecture on the potential implications of blockchain...

"I Expect That Within the Next 10 Years, Probably Half of the Banks Will be Gone”

Watch David Yermack's full Stigler Center lecture on the potential implications of blockchain technology for the future of finance. First part of a three-part series.  In...

Is There a Connection Between Market Concentration and the Rise in Inequality?

A Stigler Center panel debates: Is rising inequality connected to monopolies, rent-seeking, and concentration? The rise in wealth and income inequality has been at the forefront of...

Worried About Concentration? Then Worry About Rent-Seeking

Rent-seeking is a, if not the, mother of excess market power. The apparent increase in U.S. industrial concentration has raised growing concerns about weakening competition...

Does Regulation Build Trust or Entrench Cliques? Lessons From Merchant Guilds and the Taxi Industry

Close-knit networks, like guilds and taxi associations, are helpful in enhancing trust and reliability. Yet they can also become exclusive and rent-seeking. Last May,...

Nobel Laureates: Eliminating Rent Seeking and Tougher Antitrust Enforcement Are Critical to Reducing Inequality

Angus Deaton: "A lot of the inequality in the U.S. comes from rent seeking. It comes from firms and industry seeking special protection or...

The Trump Tax

Will Donald Trump follow through on his populist campaign promises? The stock market can tell us a lot about the President-elect's economic policies.  President-elect Donald Trump broke...

One Happy Byproduct of 2016: An Overdue Tax Policy Debate

Rich people are much richer than they used to be in large part because they pay much less tax than they used to. This—not...

(God Knows) Wall Street Isn’t Perfect, But It Has Helped Make the World A Lot Better Off

If the criticisms against Wall Street had been accurate, the U.S. corporate sector today would be ailing. Instead, corporate profits are at historical highs...

Does Wall Street Do “God’s Work”? Or Even Anything Useful?

Bank executives frequently proclaim that Wall Street is vital to the nation’s economy and performs socially valuable services by raising capital, providing liquidity to...

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The Fall of American Manufacturing and the Rise of Health Care

In an excerpt from his new book The Next Shift, University of Chicago historian Gabriel Winant explores how deindustrialization and the decline...

Antitrust and the FTC: Franchise Restraints on Worker Mobility

As currently formulated, antitrust’s rule of reason approach is not the best tool to deal with vertical noncompete agreements that limit worker...

How to Make the Market for Real Estate Agents More Competitive

Delinking buyer and seller commissions will make markets for real estate agent services more competitive, allowing buyers and sellers to negotiate commissions...

Dislocation, Dislocation, Dislocation: Covid, the Retail Crisis, and REITs

In an excerpt from his new book Retail Recovery, retail expert and author Mark Pilkington explores the impact of the sector's decline...

Addressing Climate Change Must Begin with Verifiable Carbon Accounting

Robert Kaplan and Karthik Ramanna propose a new approach for verifiable accounting on indirect corporate emissions that would apply to all corporations,...

The FTC Was Correct to Withdraw the Vertical Merger Guidelines

The 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines, now withdrawn by the FTC, did not represent sound merger policy, argues Steven Salop; rather, they were...

The Chicago Planning Program and the Interdisciplinary Tradition of the Chicago School

The Chicago Planning Program, an interdisciplinary program that operated at the University of Chicago between 1947 and 1956, is an often-neglected part...