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Past workshops in this series explored the role of anti-monopoly pressure groups in checking the political power of monopolies. Arguably, few countries have been more successful in building and maintaining these pressure groups than the United States. Join the Stigler Center for a conversation with UC Irvine’s Mehrsa Baradaran and Haifa University’s Eli Cook on the composition, strengths, and weaknesses of different US anti-monopoly pressure groups, and on what the past can teach about the present and future of such movements in the country. The conversation will be moderated by Chicago Booth’s Luigi Zingales.

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 Series will explore in greater detail some of the conference topics, including the extent to which firms can leverage their market power to capture governmental policy—a topic particularly relevant when bailouts and stimulus programs around the world are disbursing trillions of dollars of taxpayer money in an attempt to help mitigate the disastrous economic consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Mehrsa Baradaran is a professor of law at the University of California at Irvine School of Law. Previously, she was the Robert Cotten Alston Chair in Corporate Law and Associate Dean for strategic initiatives with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts and national and international faculty scholarship recognition at the University of Georgia School of Law. Baradaran writes about banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Her scholarship includes the books How the Other Half Banks and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap (Harvard University Press). The latter book was awarded the Best Book of the Year by the Urban Affairs Association, the PROSE Award Honorable Mention in the Business, Finance & Management category. Baradaran was also selected as a finalist at the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Awards for the book in the category of history/biography. @MehrsaBaradaran

Eli Cook is an Assistant Professor of American history at Haifa University in Israel. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2013. An historian of American capitalism, his Harvard University Press book, The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life, has been awarded two prizes for best book in intellectual history in 2017. The book roots the rise of economic indicators in the emergence of modern capitalism and the contested history of English enclosure, Caribbean slavery, American industrialization, economic thought, and corporate power. @Eli_B_Cook

Luigi Zingales (moderator) is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow and Director of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. He also wrote two best-selling books on capitalismSaving Capitalism from the Capitalists: Unleashing the Power of Financial Markets to Create Wealth and Spread Opportunity (with Raghuram Rajan) and A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. He is the co-host of the Capitalisn't podcast, together with Kate Waldock from Georgetown University. @zingales

The webinar will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT via Zoom.

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