Should-Read: Liz Hipple: New federal antitrust legislation recognizes U.S. workers are not only consumers: "The introduction of two new antitrust bills by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, last week... http://equitablegrowth.org/equitablog/value-added/new-federal-antitrust-legislation-recognizes-u-s-workers-are-not-only-consumers/

...indicates that Democrats are serious about making antitrust enforcement a central plank in their economic policy platform. In July, congressional Democrats released “A Better Deal,” intended to be the jumping off point for their policy agenda for the 2018 elections, and antitrust was a major plank. Sen. Klobuchar’s bills would implement many of the antitrust policy issues highlighted in “A Better Deal.”

The increased interest in issues of competition and antitrust enforcement on the political side is matched by that on the research side. As examples of market concentration mount, researchers are increasingly asking whether any number of the economic ills we’re experiencing—from the rise in inequality to decreased business investment, stagnant wages for less-educated workers, and the decline in startups—are perhaps all related to one underlying cause: the growth in market power of a small handful of “superstar” firms in their fields...

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