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Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (March 17-March 24)

This week in political economy.     The “techlash” against digital platforms went into hyperdrive this week, as Facebook became increasingly embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica...

Roger McNamee: “I Think You Can Make a Legitimate Case that Facebook Has Become Parasitic”

In an interview with ProMarket, Facebook early investor Roger McNamee talks about his efforts to get Facebook to fix its business model and the...

The Stigler Center Dedicates Second Annual Antitrust and Competition Conference to Digital Platforms and Concentration

The invitation-only conference will bring together economists, law scholars, intellectuals, venture capitalists, and businesspeople to debate how to promote competition in a world of...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Feb. 17–Feb. 24)

This week in political economy.     Is the US economy being strangled by a lack of competition? In the Harvard Business Review, David Wessel provides...

Are Google and Facebook Monopolies?

Chicago Booth’s Luigi Zingales and George Mason University’s Tyler Cowen discuss the market power wielded by digital platforms, and how to promote competition.         Google and...

In Capitalisn’t Pilot, Zingales and Waldock Fret at Prospect of a Monopolist-in-Chief

In the inaugural episode of the new podcast from the Stigler Center and Chicago Booth Review, economists Kate Waldock and Luigi Zingales probe the...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 16–22)

This week in political economy.        Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Schmidt, who joined Google...

Zingales: Too Much Power in the Hands of Big Tech Could Distort American Democracy

Watch comments by Luigi Zingales from the recent AEI Panel  "Should Washington Break Up Big Tech?” The excessive concentration of power in the hands of the...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Nov. 3–10)

The stories that most interested us this week.   Following reports that the Justice Department might force AT&T to sell Time Warner’s CNN as a...

“Google Is as Close to a Natural Monopoly as the Bell System Was in 1956"

Media scholar Jonathan Taplin, author of the new book Move Fast and Break Things, on the rent-seeking and regulatory capture of digital platforms. In 2014,...

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