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Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Jan. 5–13)

This week in political economy.      Facebook is embarking on a radical overhaul of its news feed, emphasizing status updates from friends and family and...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 22– Jan. 5)

This week in political economy.    In Project Syndicate, Joseph Stiglitz writes about the GOP’s recently-passed tax package, which he dubs “The US Donor Relief...

In Capitalisn’t Pilot, Zingales and Waldock Fret at Prospect of a Monopolist-in-Chief

In the inaugural episode of the new podcast from the Stigler Center and Chicago Booth Review, economists Kate Waldock and Luigi Zingales probe the...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 16–22)

This week in political economy.        Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Schmidt, who joined Google...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Nov. 27–Dec. 2)

The stories that most interested us this week.         The Senate approved the Republican tax bill last night following a series of last-minute amendments, paving the way...

Zingales: Too Much Power in the Hands of Big Tech Could Distort American Democracy

Watch comments by Luigi Zingales from the recent AEI Panel  "Should Washington Break Up Big Tech?” The excessive concentration of power in the hands of the...

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...

“Markets Today Are Radically Different Than What We Believe – We Have the Façade of Competition"

A Stigler Center panel explores the implications of big data for competition policy and for consumer welfare. The business model at the heart of the digital...

Watch: “The Reason We Have Google and Facebook Today Is Because of Antitrust Enforcement Against Microsoft”

In an interview with the Chicago Booth Review, Stigler Center Director Luigi Zingales spoke about the importance of competition.  “Competition is the essence of what makes...

“Google Is as Close to a Natural Monopoly as the Bell System Was in 1956"

Media scholar Jonathan Taplin, author of the new book Move Fast and Break Things, on the rent-seeking and regulatory capture of digital platforms. In 2014,...

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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...