Money in Politics

Financial Trust Index: Americans are Angrier at the Current Economic Situation, Particularly Low-Income Whites

The latest update of the Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index survey shows that anger at the current economic situation has been growing among...

A House Divided

On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration as president, the latest update of the Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index survey finds that Americans are sharply divided on...

Donald Trump’s Economic Policies: Pro-Business, Not Pro-Market

Trump is eliminating lobbyists by putting them in charge of all departments. After his election,1 it was...

Campaign Finance in the 2016 Election: With Federal Reform Unlikely, the Use of Super PACs has Become More “Brazen”

While it is still too early to draw any decisive conclusions regarding the role money played during this election cycle, some trends can already...

Finance and Healthcare Bound to Gain from Clinton’s Presidency

Hillary Clinton has promised to be tough on finance and pharmaceutical companies. So why do financial and healthcare stocks go up when the probability...

Wealthier Donors Prefer Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s donors are wealthier than Donald Trump’s, at least judging from the value of their homes. The median home price of Clinton’s supporters...

Academic Literature Shows: The Problems with Regulating Campaign Finance Are Deeper Than Mere Lack of Political Will

The experience of regulating campaign finance in the last four decades tells us that the "donor class" has found ways to turn wild once and...

In the 2016 Presidential Election, Only 0.4 Percent of Donations Were Made by Donors Who Donated to Multiple Candidates

In the 2016 election, Donald Trump received few donations from people who had donated to other candidates in the Republican primary; the opposite occurred...

Employees of Large Companies Favor Hillary Clinton

Clinton received overwhelming support from workers in the banking, tech, and mobile industries. 98 percent of the total amount raised by workers at financial institutions...

Donald Trump and the Political Economy of Real Estate Tax in the US: Q&A With Professor Edward Kleinbard

Edward Kleinbard from the University of Southern California explains how Donald Trump was potentially able to lose nearly a billion dollars of his investors’...

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AI For the Antitrust Regulator

Cary Coglianese lays out the potential, and the considerations, for antitrust regulators to use machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms.

Creation over Time in Copyright and Patent

On May 18, the United States Supreme Court decided two intellectual property cases with two seemingly different results. A closer look, however, reveals a complimentary concern with the monopolistic power of first movers and how the legal system should enable innovation from second movers over time, writes Randy Picker.

ESG Standards’ Good, Bad and Ugly

The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State hosted a virtual event discussing the standards, metrics and disclosures of investments focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals. The following is a transcript of the event.


Lee Hepner and William J. McGee respond to Clifford Winston’s ProMarket piece asserting that further deregulation of the airline industry would resolve problems in the industry. Instead, the authors claim a return to regulation would produce better results for travelers.

A World With Far Fewer Mergers

Brooke Fox and Walter Frick analyze research and ideas presented at the Stigler Center Antitrust and Competition Conference that question the value of mergers.

The Banking Risks of Central Bank Digital Currencies

The implementation of central bank digital currencies as the primary medium of exchange would exacerbate the flaws of our current fiat system which encourage banks to overextend credit and create liabilities that they cannot redeem. This will worsen the already recurring cycles of financial crises, writes Vibhu Vikramaditya.

The Whig History of the Merger Guidelines

A pervasive "Whig" view of United States antitrust history among scholars and practitioners celebrates the Merger Guidelines' implementation of increasingly sophisticated economic methods since their...
  1. This post was originally published in Il Sole 24 Ore.[]