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Barry C. Lynn

Executive Director

Barry Lynn directs the Open Markets Institute. Previously, he spent 15 years at the New America Foundation researching and writing about monopoly power. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2010) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005). Lynn’s writings on the political and economic effects of the extreme consolidation of power in the United States have influenced the thinking of policymakers and antitrust professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been profiled on CBS and in the New York Times, and his articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy. He has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, C-Span, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, among others. Prior to joining New America, Lynn was executive editor of Global Business Magazine for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean for the Associated Press and Agence France Presse.

Latest Work


Antitrust: A Missing Key to Prosperity, Opportunity, and Democracy

Date Published: October 2, 2013
When a people set out to structure an economy, the most important decisions revolve around how they make markets and regulate competition. Such decisions determine not merely whether their economy will thrive, and how political power will be distributed. They also shape the character of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. For two centuries, […] Continue Reading


Seed Money

Date Published: July 29, 2013
We can “invent our way out” of climate change, but will Big Ag embrace it? If we find ourselves living in a new era of food shortages, it will not be due only to our failure to control carbon. It will be due even more to our failure to protect the open-market systems that empower us not merely to exchange, but to think and adapt. Continue Reading


Estates of Mind

Date Published: July 29, 2013
The answer to America’s techno-malaise is to force big corporations to compete more. And to open their patent vaults. Continue Reading


Big Beer, A Moral Market, and Innovation

Date Published: December 26, 2012
On the surface, America’s market for beer has never looked healthier. Where fewer than a hundred companies brewed a generation ago, we can now count more than 2,000, producing a mind-boggling variety of beers. Yet just below this drinker’s paradise we find a market that has never been more concentrated. Two giants — Anheuser-Busch Inbev and MillerCoors […] Continue Reading

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