Is There a Crisis in the Economic Theory of the Firm? Participants at Harvard Business School Conference Agree: Firms Try to Change the Rules of the Game

A novel conference at Harvard Business School brought together top scholars in order to answer the question: Is Milton Friedman’s dictum that firms that maximize shareholder value maximize social value as well still relevant in a post-Citizens United world?  

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The Insider’s Guide to the Regulatory Game: Anonymous Source in the Pharma Industry in a Series of Columns on the Inner Workings of the Industry

Sitting across the table from me was Brad  (not his real name), a top sales representative at a large pharmaceutical company. I asked him about the receipts for over $2000 in gift certificates to a Michelin star restaurant, expensed to the company, that were lying on the table.

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From Mancur Olson to Bernie Sanders

Professor George Stigler, the Nobel Laureate (1982) who in some ways invented the idea of “regulatory capture,” and Professor Mancur Olson, who developed some of the most important ideas of “public choice,” are not around anymore. If they were alive today, they would probably be surprised to learn that the first politician in recent U.S. history to take their advice seriously and challenge them is a self-described socialist.

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