Jonathan B. Baker

Jonathan B. Baker, a former chief economist at the FTC and the FCC, is Research Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law. He is the author of The Antitrust Paradigm: Restoring a Competitive Economy, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Why the Political Misuse of Antitrust Must be Prevented

Misuse of antitrust for partisan purposes violates a norm intended to insulate enforcement from direct political influence and discourage politicians from exploiting...

How Reforming Antitrust Can Restore a Competitive Economy

For decades, competition in America has been on the wane, leading to slower economic growth and a gaping chasm of inequality. Antitrust can help...

Market Power or Just Scale Economies?

While increased economies of scale may offer a partial explanation for higher margins and declining dynamism in the US economy, growing market power provides...

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Healthcare Companies Spent More on Lobbying Than Any Other Industry Last Year

Threatened by regulated price caps from congress, the pharmaceutical industry spent nearly $390 million on lobbying in 2021 according to new data...

Antitrust and Rule by Judges

The early-1980s Posner-Stigler memorandum to incoming president Reagan’s transition team is interesting for a host of reasons, but most of all in...

Should the European Union Require Tech Firms to Adopt a Common Charger?

According to a new European Commission directive expected to be approved in the next few months, tech firms will have to use...

Chart of the Week: Economists Don’t Think Congress Should Make Price Gouging Illegal

Most economists disagree with a new bill in the US that would set limits on "unconscionably excessive prices," according to a recent...

Neoliberal Economists Are Giving Biden Bad Advice on Inflation

To spare the economy from the pain of further interest rate hikes, the President should aggressively pursue anticompetitive conduct by companies in...

How Would the Big Tech Self-Preferencing Bill Affect Users? 

The Senate looks to be nearing a vote on the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which would prohibit gatekeeping digital platforms...

New eBook Revisits George Stigler’s Theory of Regulatory Capture 50 Years Later

To mark the 50-year anniversary of George Stigler’s seminal piece, “The Theory of Economic Regulation” we are publishing a new eBook examining...