2020 Antitrust and Competition Conference - Monopolies and Politics
Virtual Conference Webinar Series
About the Conference
**Please note: In accordance with University guidance on COVID-19 and for the safety of our community, and in the spirit of continuing to promote and disseminate research, we will be holding the conference virtually in a series of free webinars from Spring 2020 - Winter 2021.**
In 2017, the Stigler Center embarked on an ambitious project to reinvigorate the discussion of concentration and monopoly in the United States, culminating in the conference Is There a Concentration Problem in America? In 2018, the Center brought together scholars and experts to consider digital platforms specifically. From the 2018 conference a consensus emerged that the issues raised by these platforms must be addressed, and—to provide independent expertise on potential policy responses—the Center formed a Committee for the Study of Digital Platforms and organized its 2019 conference on Digital Platforms, Markets and Democracy: A Path Forward.
While there has been progress in studying the political impact of social media and digital platform concentration, political considerations have become increasingly relevant also in the wider study of market concentration. Yet the relationship between market concentration and undesirable political outcomes remains unclear and should be further analyzed.
Thus, the first goal of the conference is to explore whether these links exist and what form they take. Second, U.S. antitrust was born also to restrain the excessive concentration of political power. Over the years, this goal has been eliminated from the antitrust practice. Should we now create a separate political antitrust? If so, how could it be administered to avoid arbitrariness? To explore these topics, the Stigler Center is dedicating its fourth annual antitrust and competition conference to Monopolies and Politics.
- Should Antitrust Promote Economic Liberty? with Cristina Caffarra, William Kovacic, Barry Lynn, and Jacob Schlesinger
- Anti-Monopoly Pressure Groups in the United States: Past, Present, and Future with Mehrsa Baradaran, Eli Cook, and Luigi Zingales
- Latin America: Monopolies, Dictatorships and Populism with Aldo Musacchio, Ben Ross Schneider, and Filippo Lancieri
- The United States: An Exceptional Case? with , and
- Regulating Conglomerates: From Imperial Japan to Modern Israel with and
- Monopolies and the Rise of Nazism in Germany with , and
- Industrial Policy, Economic Concentration, and Governmental Capture: The Korean Case with and
- Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance & Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- Guy Rolnik, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
For more information, contact:
Sebastian Burca, Associate Director, Stigler Center