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Join the Stigler Center for a conversation with Hebrew University professor Yishay Yafeh on the successes and failures of regulatory initiatives to control the power of large conglomerates: from the dissolution of zaibatsus after the fall of Imperial Japan to current reforms in modern-day in Israel. The conversation will be moderated by ProMarket Senior Editor Stefano Feltri.

The Stigler Center’s 2020 Antitrust and Competition Conference (rescheduled for fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis) 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.

Yishay Yafeh is a professor in the School of Business Administration of The Hebrew University of Jersualem. Yishay holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University (1993), and has taught at Oxford, Montreal and the Hebrew University. He has served as Vice Dean (2010-2012) and Dean (2012-2016) of the School of Business Administration of the Hebrew University. His research interests are financial systems and financial intermediation, the economies of East Asia, and economic and financial history. In the past, Yishay served as advisor to the Bank of Israel, the Israel Securities Authority, and the International Monetary Fund. His research has been published, among others, in the Journal of Finance, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Business and the Review of Finance.

Stefano Feltri (moderator) is Senior Editor of the ProMarket digital publication and Senior Associate Director at the Stigler Center. He is also a columnist for the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, which he co-founded in 2009. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Economic and Finance division and as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Il Fatto Quotidiano. In addition, he works as a political commentator on Italian TV and radio networks. Stefano has a MS in Economics from Bocconi University, Italy, and he is a Chicago Booth MBA candidate (evening program). His most recent book is Sette scomode verita (published by Utet). @StefanoFeltri 

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

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