A black and white street view of skyscrapers.

All across our society, monopolistic corporations govern much of our economic lives and exert extraordinary influence over our democracy.

The New York Stock Exchange building.

With Wall Street’s help, they extract more and more wealth and power from working people, independent businesses, entrepreneurs, ordinary investors, consumers, and entire communities.

The K St. NW street sign.

To protect their power, they use their wealth to manipulate public opinion, influence government policy, and ensure our laws — for them — are mere suggestions.

The American flag in the sky.

Working together, we can break their unjust hold on power to realize economic liberty for everyone and help build a vibrant, inclusive democracy.

Our Work

Economic Liberties develops ideas, engages with policymakers and the media, and collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to dismantle concentrated economic power and advance economic liberty for all.

Designed to catalogue the ways PBMs wield their power to exploit patients, pharmacists, doctors and our government, "The Pharmacy Benefit Mafia" details PBMs’ abusive business practices, their history of skirting regulation, and how the FTC’s recent efforts can put power back into the hands of patients and pharmacists.

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“Big Tech Monopolies Endanger American Security" details how Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have repeatedly prioritized shareholder profit above all else, and in fact, consistently engage in behavior that is in direct contrast to U.S. national security interests in order to maintain their monopoly power.

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"A New Era" details how the Federal Trade Commission, led by Chair Lina Khan, is engaging in more effective, modern, and democratic enforcement to better protect consumers, workers, and independent businesses.

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“Stakeholder Capitalism’s Next Frontier: Pro- or Anti-Monopoly?” provides a detailed examination of the growing stakeholder capitalism movement and argues that its failure to embrace anti-monopoly principles is undermining its own objectives.

FULL REPORT

With mounting evidence that corporate power is a key contributing factor to record-high inflation, Economic Liberties today released model legislation designed to stop large corporations from illegally colluding to raise prices or keep wages down.

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"The Courage to Learn" tells a previously untold but crucial story about how America’s economy works and why it’s not working well for so many of us.

Full Report

Our Events

Engage with the Economic Liberties team and our network of policymakers, academics, journalists, and activists at upcoming events.

June 22, 2022 / Live Stream

Economic Liberties and NCPA Present: How PBMs Impact Drug Prices, Communities, and Patients

PBMs raise drug prices, create pharmacy deserts, are turn pharmacy care into a nightmare. Learn more about the FTC’s new 6(b) study of PBMs and why we need bipartisan solutions from Congress.

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June 21, 2022 / Zoom

“Thinking Big” Kick Off Talk with NYT’s Peter Goodman

At a moment of acute political, economic, and social uncertainty, please join us as we take a step back to wrestle with big ideas shaping our politics with NYT's Peter Goodman to discuss his book, “Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World.”

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March 10, 2022 / Live Stream

Supply Chain Fragility: How To Rebuild A Resilient System

Learn how the policy choices made over the last 50 years left us with a brittle and broken supply chain that has resulted in small businesses falling through the cracks. And hear what policymakers like Senator Tammy Baldwin are doing to build a resilient supply chain.

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March 9, 2022 / Live Stream

Billions in Chinese Imports Dodge Inspection & Taxes, Now What?

A loophole in U.S. trade law allows Big Tech to import billions of dollars of unsafe, counterfeit, and forced labor-made goods from Beijing. Learn how the U.S. House is working to fix it and how the Senate may block the solution.

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February 2, 2022 / Live Stream

Taking on Big Pharma Monopolies to End the Pandemic: The Latest Data, Policy Options

We can end the pandemic, but it requires taking action now to break Big Pharma’s monopoly control of COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostic tests, and treatments.

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December 2, 2021 / Live Stream

Economic Liberties’ Virtual Town Hall with the White House National Economic Council

Join us for a town hall event featuring White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti, and Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy Tim Wu.

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In the News

Keep up to date on the latest news about and opinions from the Economic Liberties team.

Economic Liberties’ Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel Bill McGee joined NBC Nightly News to dig in on the crisis plaguing the airline industry — and teach an important lesson about market power.

NBC Nightly News

Following the WTO’s failure to waive the intellectual property barriers blocking global access to life-saving COVID-19 medicines and treatments, Rethink Trade Director Lori Wallach spoke with the New York Times about why it is a “dangerous public health fail.”

New York Times

Economic Liberties’ Senior Policy Analyst Krista Brown spoke with Vox about Big Tech firms’ move into nascent industries and why it’s all a ploy to acquire more of consumers’ data.

Vox

Economic Liberties’ Research Director Matt Stoller joined Breaking Points to break down the market and regulatory forces that led to the baby formula crisis happening and how the Biden administration is tackling it.

Breaking Points

Rethink Trade Director Lori Wallach joined The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast to discuss the latest trade debate on tariffs on Chinese solar imports with Senator Elizabeth Warren and host Ryan Grim.

The Intercept Deconstructed

Economic Liberties’ Research Director Matt Stoller spoke with The New York Times about how deregulation and consolidation of container shipping firms has causing massive disruptions in our supply chains.

New York Times