Digital Economy

Amazon's Latest Supplier Purge Is a Classic Indicator of Price Predation

Regulators in Washington should immediately launch an investigation into Amazon’s e-commerce business.       In a recent article (and subsequent blog post), I argued that Amazon’s...

The Road to Digital Serfdom? The Visible Hand of Surveillance Capitalism

Surveillance capitalism is not the capitalism of old, writes Harvard professor emerita Shoshana Zuboff in her new book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.     Surveillance capitalism departs...

Is Amazon Violating the Sherman Act?

A new paper suggests that Amazon’s negative cash flow rapid expansion story may in fact conceal a long-term predatory pricing strategy that violates existing...

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...

Facebook Is a Threat to Democracy — and the US Has a Responsibility to Rein It In

Facebook and Google have failed at self-regulation. If we want to avoid an authoritarian future, we need to reduce the influence of internet platforms,...

If You Don’t Think Today’s Tech Giants Are Vicious, Just Ask Venture Capitalists

Silicon Valley today resembles the deepest part of the jungle known as the triple canopy, where tall trees block out all the light and...

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...

Does Uber Kill? The Real Cost of Ride-sharing

A new Stigler Center working paper finds that ride-sharing actually increases the number of new car registrations and fatal accidents.     Two years ago, the Stigler...

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...

Would Sen. Warner’s Ambitious Plan to Regulate Social Media Giants “Ruin” the Internet—Or Save it?

Sen. Mark Warner’s proposals to regulate social media platforms are by far the most ambitious to come from Congress. We gathered three experts to...

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

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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...