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What Current Research (Still) Gets Wrong about Market Power

Two much-discussed new studies argue that market power is on the rise not only in the United States, but also around the world. Here,...

70 Years of US Corporate Profits

A new Stigler Center working paper shows that after decades of decline, profits started increasing in the early 1980s. Financial profit is ostensibly the...

Factorless Income and Some Skepticism on the Case for Rising Markups

If imputed payments to labor and capital don’t add up to GDP, what should be done with the residual? New research from Chicago Booth...

Strong Employers and Weak Employees: Study Sheds New Light on How Labor Market Concentration Hurts Workers

New study finds that wages are significantly lower in concentrated labor markets—and even lower in labor markets where unionization rates are low.     America’s decades-long wage...

Are Markups Increasing?

A new Stigler Center paper challenges recent research on market power in the US, showing that markups did not increase over the last few...

New Study Shows Just How Bad the US Labor Market’s Competition Problem Really Is

In recent decades, antitrust policy has all but ignored the issue of monopsony power. Yet a new paper shows that across the US economy,...

Antitrust in the Labor Market: Protectionist, or Pro-Competitive?

Redirecting antitrust enforcement to confront monopsony power would be a substantial departure from the way it has been conducted in recent decades, but just...

The Rise of Market Power and the Decline of Labor’s Share

A new paper argues that the decline of the labor and capital shares, as well as the decline in low-skilled wages and other economic trends, have been...

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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...

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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...