Making antitrust work for the 21st century
Equitable Growth’s series on antitrust, competition, and equitable growth
Mergers and acquisitions are increasing apace in the U.S. economy. This means fewer choices in many industries—from airlines and communications to manufacturing and retail— for consumers and businesses alike. But what are the consequences for economic growth and competitiveness, particularly for employment and wages and family checkbooks? In October, 2016, Equitable Growth began a conversation about the role of antitrust and competition policy in promoting more equitable economic growth. Prominent academics and practitioners offered their perspectives on the current state of antitrust enforcement and where law and regulatory practices need to head to keep pace with a rapidly changing economy.
We are continuing that conversation through a series of essays, reports, and future events that lay the groundwork for debate and informed solutions by shedding light on an under-researched area of economic policy—one with serious implications for economic growth and inequality. Together, this series will establish a direct link between antitrust enforcement and the economic well-being of American workers and consumers.