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Systemic Supply Chain Risk

Date Published: March 14, 2020

This is the first article in which an engineer recognized the systemic nature of international production arrangements, and the potential for cascading crashes.

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The Role of Monopoly in America’s Prescription Drug Crisis

Date Published: December 9, 2019

Open Markets Institute released The Role of Monopoly in America’s Prescription Drug Crisis on December 9, 2019. This new white paper exposes how big pharma drives up drug costs through patent monopolies, abuses of regulations, and corporate consolidation. These forms of monopoly thwart competition, stifle innovation, cause drug shortages, and decrease drug safety. We offer policy solutions for lawmakers and regulators to rein in the outrageous drug prices facing Americans.

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The Role of Hospitals in America’s Health Care Crisis

Date Published: December 2, 2019

Open Markets published a report on December 2, 2019, on the role of hospitals in America’s health care crisis. An often-overlooked factor behind high prices for medical services is the increasing corporate concentration of ownership, particularly among hospitals. Hospital consolidation should be a standard part of health policy discussion, particularly if proposals to move to a single-payer system gain steam. In this report we outline the challenges and solutions to concentration in hospital markets.

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Libra Basics: What Is Facebook’s Currency Project?

Date Published: July 15, 2019

The Open Markets Institute submitted a report to Congress on July 15, 2019 on Facebook’s plans to launch Libra, a global digital currency. Open Markets’ report emphasizes Facebook’s dismal track record on data privacy makes its proposal to launch Libra a dangerous liability at home and abroad and proposes a suite of policy options for Congress to consider. 

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Food and Power: Addressing Monopolization in America’s Food System

Date Published: March 27, 2019

Monopoly affects the quality of our food and agriculture’s environmental footprint, making it a concern for both food producers and consumers, both in rural and urban areas. This brief documents the degree of concentration found in different agriculture-related sectors of the economy and lays out solutions for policymakers.

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America’s Concentration Crisis: An Open Markets Institute Report

Date Published: November 29, 2018

Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. When we purchase everything from washing machines to groceries, website domains to medical supplies, and even when we select a coffin for a recently deceased loved one, we are constrained by the small set of actors who increasingly control America’s commerce.

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