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The "Secret" Driver of US Health Care Costs: Politicians Wanting to Get Reelected

A pioneering new study provides a first-of-its-kind look into the outsized effect that lobbying and political maneuverings have on health care spending.     Americans spend significantly more...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 2–Dec. 9)

The stories that most interested us this week.           David Sirota and Josh Keefe of International Business Times reveal that Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)...

Will Repeal of Net Neutrality Accelerate the Trend in Media Consolidation? The History of Cable Suggests "Yes"

The history of cable and cable programming strongly suggests that without specific FCC safeguards, we can expect a massive “arms race” by providers to...

Chicago's Hidden Figure: A Chat with Claire Friedland on her Work with George Stigler

Claire Friedland, who served as George Stigler’s research assistant from 1959 until his death in 1991, reminisces about her decades of pioneering work with Stigler and...

The DOJ Has a Strong Case Against the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

If the merging parties are true to their many tough public statements, and they stick the litigation out long-term, the odds are not bad...

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

The stories that most interested us this week.     The bribery trial of US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) ended in a mistrial after the jury was not able...

Did US Banks Try to Manipulate the Dodd-Frank Debate by Delaying Mortgage Foreclosures?

Did banks delay foreclosures on delinquent mortgages in the districts of House Financial Services Committee members prior to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act?     The...

Mickey Mouse Turns 89 This Week—But Will He Ever Appear in the Public Domain?

Walt Disney Co.’s efforts to protect its copyright over the famous anthropomorphic mouse are the subject of a new Stigler Center case study.     This Sunday...

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...

Watch: “Stigler in the 21st Century”

Our 40th anniversary event brought together academics and intellectuals to discuss George Stigler’s legacy. Watch the second day's sessions.      The George J. Stigler Center for the Study of...

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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...