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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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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.
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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.

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