Building a Pro-Worker Anti-Monopoly Movement

Open Markets Institute, in partnership with The American Prospect, United for Respect, and Change to Win, will be hosting “Building a Pro-Worker Anti-Monopoly Movement” on June 2nd at 3 p.m ET.

May 22, 2020  |  by Open Markets
Sandeep Vaheesan featured on Panel Discussion: “Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Way We Should Think About Antitrust Law?”

In a webinar organized by COSAL and Rust Consulting and moderated by Hal Singer, Sandeep Vaheesan, along with OMI Academic Advisory Board Member Sanjukta Paul and Marshall Steinbaum, discussed how weak anti-merger law contributed to the loss of critical reserve capacity in health care and other sectors and how COVID-19 has further enhanced the power of Amazon and food delivery platforms.

May 15, 2020  |  by Open Markets
Restructuring America’s Meat Industry for Worker and Consumer Safety and Farmer Prosperity

President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the Defense Production Act to declare meatpacking plants to be essential facilities and allowed the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reopen plants shuttered due to outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers. The Open Markets Institute, Food & Water Action, and Family Farm Action Alliance, joined by the undersigned, share the president’s desire to ensure a robust supply of food to every American family. Unfortunately, we believe this order is the wrong way to do so.

May 1, 2020  |  by Open Markets
Press Releases
Open Markets Applauds Merger Moratorium Proposal by Sen. Warren and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) proposed legislation today to halt harmful mergers, in order to protect the American public from further consolidation and concentration. Open Markets applauds the moratorium on mergers and acquisitions by large firms as well as post-crisis rules to prevent dangerous takeovers once the economy begins to improve.

April 28, 2020  |  by Open Markets
Open Markets-OECD Conference Details How Monopolization Undermines Our National Security, Endangers Our Health, and Harms Our Economy

Open Markets, in conjunction with the New Approaches to Economic Challenges initiative (NAEC) of the OECD, co-hosted a webcast Thursday, April 23 to discuss how to ensure that all vital production systems are built to withstand pandemics, natural disasters, political conflicts, and other shocks. The overwhelming consensus was that concentration of power and capacity deeply threatens our ability to cope with crises such as COVID-19 and poses grave dangers to national security.

April 24, 2020  |  by Open Markets

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The Open Markets Institute uses journalism to promote greater awareness of the political and economic dangers of monopolization, identifies the changes in policy and law that cleared the way for such consolidation, and fosters discussions with policymakers and citizens as to how to update America’s traditional political economic principles for our 21st century digital society.

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Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. Due to extreme concentrations of wealth and political power, our country is experiencing severe economic inequality, stagnant household income, the collapse of business formation and innovation, and historic levels of political polarization. Our Concentration Crisis Report shows that such concentration is not unique to one or two economic sectors. It is persistent across a diverse range of industries.