Corporate Governance

Does Wall Street Do “God’s Work”? Or Even Anything Useful?

Bank executives frequently proclaim that Wall Street is vital to the nation’s economy and performs socially valuable services by raising capital, providing liquidity to...

Rents and the High Cost of High Finance: Q&A with Gerald Epstein

New study estimates that the total costs of America’s flawed financial system–rents, misallocation costs, and the costs of the 2008 crisis–will add up to...

Death by Regulation: How Regulations that Once Protected the Taxi Industry Now Threaten its Existence

New study by researchers at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University highlights the need to rethink taxi regulations. “The natural progress of things,” Jefferson...

Political Rents and Profits in Regulated Industries

A new working paper by James Bessen from Boston University finds that much of the rise in corporate profits since 2000 was caused by political...

Preventing Regulatory Capture

When a regulation’s benefits exceed its costs, simplicity and interdisciplinary processes are essential to reducing capture. Regulatory capture arises when regulatory decisions advance private interests...

Market Power and Inequality: How Big Should Antitrust’s Role Be in Reducing Inequality?

Is the rise of wealth inequality in the United States related to a decline in competition? A new paper answers in the affirmative. Is the...

Is More Antitrust the Answer to Rising Wealth Inequality?

University of Michigan professor Daniel Crane: “The story that somehow antitrust law is dead, that it’s been killed, is wrong. It hasn’t. It’s very...

Why Firms’ Shareholders Condone Seemingly “Excessive” Executive Pay Packages, and What it Means For the Economy

If the large mutual funds are out to improve governance, why do they condone, if not encourage, seemingly excessive and performance-insensitive compensation packages? A new...

Horizontal Shareholding, Antitrust, Growth and Inequality

Harvard Law School professor Einer Elhauge goes back to the days of Thurman Arnold, the head of the antitrust division in the FDR administration,...

The Surprising Failure Of Food Labeling

If lawmakers want to improve the dietary choices of Americans, the first thing they need to recognize is that the problem is not information. (Note:...

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

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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...