On this episode of the Capitalisn’t podcast, hosts Luigi Zingales and Bethany McLean discuss how and why antitrust enforcement has waned in the United States in recent decades. Recent research from Zingales and his coauthors uses data around public demand, Supreme Court nominations, State of the Union speeches, and more to reveal that the key driver behind declining enforcement wasn’t the Chicago School of Economics, but rather, special interests. Luigi and Bethany chart this story right from the beginning and consider its lessons for today, ways to change the current state of affairs, and most importantly, why antitrust matters.

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