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Mordecai Kurz

Mordecai Kurz

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Mordecai Kurz is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the author, most recently, of The Market Power of Technology: Understanding the Second Gilded Age (Columbia University Press, 2023).

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  1. How Capitalism Became a Threat to Democracy
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    How Capitalism Became a Threat to Democracy

    Mar 15, 2024 Mordecai Kurz examines the economic policies and market dynamics that have ushered in America's Second Gilded Age.

  2. Reform Antitrust and Patent Laws Now
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    Reform Antitrust and Patent Laws Now

    Jan 24, 2024 Mordecai Kurz outlines the legal changes needed to rein in Big Tech’s market power and restore meaningful competition.

  3. Market Power Is Permanent, and Technological Competition Does Not Remove It
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    Market Power Is Permanent, and Technological Competition Does Not Remove It

    Dec 1, 2023 Mordecai Kurz shows that technological change leads not to disruption, but to deeper, more enduring forms of market power.

  4. Who Cares About Big Tech’s Displaced Workers?
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    Who Cares About Big Tech’s Displaced Workers?

    Apr 20, 2018 Mordecai Kurz explains how IT innovation is boosting corporate monopoly power and, with it, wage stagnation and inequality.

  5. The New Monopolists
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    The New Monopolists

    Sep 22, 2017 Mordecai Kurz examines how growth patterns in the IT sector are widening income and wealth disparities.

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    Europe Must Clamp Down on Russian Oil Flows Through Turkey

    Martin Vladimirov urges policymakers to close the sanctions loophole that allows the Kremlin to sell fossil fuels to the EU.
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    Rebooting the Sustainable Development Goals

    John W. McArthur & Zia Khan urge political, business, and civil-society leaders to foster the big ideas needed to meet the 2030 targets.
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    Is Greece’s Six-Day Work Week a Harbinger?

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg points out that the country is facing the same demographic problem as almost all advanced economies.
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    The Euro and Its Imperial Ancestors

    Victoria Gierok

    At 25, the euro has come of age at a time when European politics is tending toward fragmentation and a renewed emphasis on national sovereignty. To determine whether it will last, it helps to consult the history of earlier common-currency projects.

    draws lessons from earlier experiments with common currencies across disparate polities and economies.
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    Overcoming Political Short-Termism in Latin America

    Eric Parrado envisions independent institutions empowered to devise and implement long-term development-related policies.
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    Iran’s Economy Needs a New Deal with the West

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani shows that pursuing sanctions relief is the only solution to the country's stagflation.
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    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
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    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.
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    The Fed Should Not Cut Interest Rates Yet

    Michael R. Strain argues that declaring victory over inflation, while tempting, would be to misread current economic conditions.

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