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Competition Philosophy

Public policies structure markets in ways that can make them open and competitive at one extreme or closed and cornered at the other. The most familiar example are anti-trust laws. But competition policy also includes patent laws, occupational licensing requirements, prohibitions on price discrimination, “net neutrality” regulations, and other policies that set the terms of competition within any market.


Why Antimonopoly Awoke From Its Slumber, Part 1: The Clinton Era’s Failed Utopia

Date Published: July 17, 2019

In the first part of a three-part series for Pro-Market, Open Markets Senior Fellow Matt Stoller explains why antimonopoly politics is experiencing a resurgence. “To understand how far we’ve come, we must understand what was,” writes Stoller. “I am going to try and help us reach back to the 1990s, before the financial crisis, Iraq War, Big Tech’s monopolization, before Nickelback jokes, and so forth.”

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Monopolies are killing the American Dream. We must keep them in check

Date Published: July 2, 2019

Open Markets Institute Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard has published a piece on CNN Business describing the extent of the concentration crisis in America and how monopoly is killing the American Dream. While big tech remains in the crosshairs for lawmakers and the 2020 presidential candidates, as seen during the first night of the Democratic debate, Hubbard emphasizes that the monopoly problem extends far beyond tech, crippling economic growth, raising prices, depressing wages, and making life increasingly harder for average Americans.

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NYT: 2 Big Book and Magazine Printers Face Suit to Block Their Merger

Date Published: June 24, 2019

The New York Times’ Marc Tracy covers the LSC/Quad merger and the U.S. Department of Justice’s move to file suit against it. He cites a letter submitted to the DOJ earlier in the Spring by Open Markets, the Authors Guild and the PEN America against the merger demanding the government act to protect the free press.

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NYT: To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law

Date Published: June 20, 2019

The New York Times’ David Streitfeld writes that big tech’s power has regulators and scholars, such as those of Open Markets, trying to reverse years of established doctrine. He also describes how anti-monopoly reformers are in ascendance and speaks with Open Markets’ Executive Director Barry Lynn about anti-monopoly law and its history.

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Must Big Beget Big? Why Monopolization Is Not the Answer to Monopolization

Date Published: June 18, 2019

Last Thursday, the Justice Department (DOJ) sued to prevent printing giant Quad from acquiring its main competitor, LSC Communications. The $1.4 billion deal between “the two most significant magazine, catalog, and book printers in the United States,” the DOJ’s Antitrust Division wrote in its complaint, “threatens to increase prices, reduce quality, and limit availability of printed material that millions of Americans rely on to receive and disseminate information and ideas.”

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