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Workers, Labor Markets, & Inequality

Workers are the backbone of the American economy. But the growth of monopolies intensifies income inequality, suppresses wages, and erodes the political and economic well-being of workers.


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Monopoly by the Numbers

Date Published: December 20, 2017

A fast-growing number of Americans know that their country has a monopoly problem, and that wealth, power, and control are increasingly concentrated in the hands of the few. We see this in poll numbers – in which 63 percent say that the distribution of wealth and money is unfair – and we see it in protest movements like the Tea Party and protest candidacies like that of Bernie Sanders, largely powered by voters fed up with the state of America’s politics and economy.

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In America today, wealth and political power are more concentrated than at any point in our country’s history.

The Open Markets Institute, formerly the Open Markets program at New America, was founded to protect liberty and democracy from these extreme -- and growing -- concentrations of private power.

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