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How Inequality Hurts the Economy and Complicates Policy Responses to the Pandemic

In the years leading up to the pandemic, rising inequality created a saving glut of the rich which pushed down interest rates...

Economic Crisis and Poverty Might Kill More People Than the Coronavirus

Saving lives is the priority. Doing so depends on a delicate balance between health, economic, and social variables. But, above all, it depends on a population that trusts that these measures seek the common good, not the interest of a few.

How to Save 40 percent of the Payroll Protection Program’s Costs

Thanks to the loan program part of the CARES Act, small businesses can receive up to 2.5 times their monthly payroll, regardless of how much...

The Coronavirus Crisis Has Exposed Private Equity’s Unsustainable Business Model

Private equity portfolio companies are heavily indebted, and they aren’t generating enough cash to service debts. The steady increase in asset values...

Inequality Has Increased Far Less Than You Think (If You Consider Social Security Benefits)

In the United States, Social Security accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total wealth of the bottom 90 percent. Once Social Security is...

The Cantillon Effect: Why Wall Street Gets a Bailout and You Don’t

According to the 18th-century French banker and philosopher Richard Cantillon, who benefits when the state prints money is based on its institutional setup. In...

Deaths of Despair and Covid-19: a Webinar With Angus Deaton and Luigi Zingales

Deaths of despair are a slow disintegration of working-class lives: Will the coronavirus accelerate this process? In a conversion with Luigi Zingales, Nobel laureate...

The Populist Right Has a Plan to Take Power Away From Financiers and Challenge China

The nationalist rhetoric of the Trump administration can obscure a more sophisticated recognition by some people in the populist world that the core dynamic...

Zoom, Netflix, Slack: Amazon Is Behind All the Services We Use to Work From Home (and That’s a Problem)

The new normal for millions of people represents a near-total dependence on Amazon’s cloud-computing operation, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and places a substantial portion...

MBA Students Against Corporate America: “Stop Lobbying the White House on the Defense Production Act”

Since the virus outbreak, the US Chamber of Commerce has lobbied the federal government to limit the use of a piece of legislation that...

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Here’s How Covid-19 Is Boosting Monopolization and Market Power

Monopolization and consolidation can happen for what seem to be good, or least necessary, reasons. How we respond as a society depends...

Webinar: Covid-19 and the US Health Care System

Political Economy of Covid-19 Series: Watch a Stigler Center conversation between author, journalist, and former health insurance executive Wendell Potter and Chicago Booth...

How Alliances Carriers Established a Permanent Cartel

The US carriers faced the post 9/11 demand shock, while the European intercontinental flag carriers were facing increased competition in the...

Post-2004 Airline Industry Consolidation Reversed 30 years of Successful Pro-Consumer Policies

A small number of intercontinental carriers recaptured control of industry oversight in Washington and Brussels to convert the world’s most important markets...

Why Consolidation Undermined The Industry’s Ability to Recover From The Coronavirus Crisis

A major factor contributing to the industry’s struggles during the current crisis was the loss of resiliency due to the...

Using Regulation to Dismantle Powerful Corporate Pyramids

Evidence from the United States, Japan, Korea, and Israel shows that to successfully curb the influence of large corporate entities, it is...

Monopolies and the Rise of Nazism in Germany: a Webinar

The Stigler Center’s 2020 Antitrust and Competition Conference will discuss the interconnection between monopolies and politics. Our new pre-conference Monopolies and Politics Workshop Webinar...