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When Taxpayers Subsidize Corporate Lobbying: How Firms Use Charitable Giving to Influence Politics

A new Stigler Center working paper examines a more roundabout way that companies can influence legislators: by donating money to charities in lawmakers’ districts....

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (March 10-March 17)

This week in political economy.     A federal appeals court voided the Department of Labor's “fiduciary rule,” an Obama-era rule that instructed financial professionals like...

Do We Need to Mandate Firms’ Reporting And Auditing?

Back in the 1960s, George Stigler called into question whether states should require firms to publicly report their financials. A recent Stigler Center working...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (March 3-March 10)

This week in political economy.     ProPublica has created a searchable database of 2,475 political appointees by the Trump administration, the result of “a year...

What Insights Do Taxi Rides Offer into Federal Reserve Leakage?

Does investment-relevant information leak from the Fed? A new Stigler Center working paper finds surprising and novel evidence in a public dataset.     One of the...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Feb. 24–March 3)

This week in political economy.       Italy’s elections are on Sunday, and with the polls being inconclusive and the reemergence of former PM Silvio Berlusconi...

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...

Guns and Votes: The Victory of an Intense Minority Against an Apathetic Majority

This column on the "gun-control paradox"—the fact that gun regulations continually fail in the US Congress despite being supported by around 90 percent of...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Feb. 10–Feb. 17)

This week in political economy. Yesterday's New York Times editorial: “The terror that has gripped their elected officials … is fear of the wealthy gun...

Case 2000: How Netanyahu and Israel’s Most Powerful Media Mogul Planned to Subvert the Market for News and Ideas

It doesn’t involve a high-profile American billionaire, and yet of the two cases on which the police recommended indicting Israel’s prime minister, “Case 2000”...

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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...

The House’s Big Tech Hearing: Break Ups Large and Small?

Last week’s epic House hearing on online platforms raised many issues, chief among which was the question who gets to operate at...