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.

"Price Discrimination and Power Buyers" argues for the resurrection and expansion of the Robinson-Patman Act and examines the abandonment of the RPA, the rise of giant power buyers like Amazon and Walmart, and the ways its revival could level the playing field for small business today.

FULL REPORT

"How to Address the Air Travel Crisis: Eliminating the Airlines’ Legal Liability Shield" is a new piece of model legislation that is designed to eliminate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s status as sole regulator of the airline industry.

FULL QUICK TAKE + MODEL LEGISLATION

“Reforming Antitrust Policy to Challenge Corporate Power: A Guide for State Lawmakers" lays out several ways for state governments and enforcers to decentralize economic power and redistribute that power to communities and create an inclusive, robust democracy.

FULL TOOLKIT

“Why Merger Policy Matters” highlights why the movement underway to rethink merger policy is key to leveling the playing field for businesses, consumers, and working people.

FULL QUICK TAKE

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.

FULL QUICK TAKE

"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.

September 27, 2022 / Zoom

“Thinking Big” with Kathryn Judge

Join us as we talk with Professor Kathryn Judge for the next installment of “Thinking Big” series. We'll discuss what happens when power shifts from producers and consumers to the middlemen that connect them.

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September 13, 2022 / Virtual

Tools for Reforming Antitrust Policy: A Guide for State Lawmakers to Challenge Corporate Power

On September 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET, join the American Economic Liberties Project and MN AG Keith Ellison for a discussion about the tools state and local officials can use to crack down on corporate power & reform antitrust policy.

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August 16, 2022 / Zoom

“Thinking Big” with Brandi Collins-Dexter

Join us as we talk with Brandi Collins-Dexter for our latest "Thinking Big." We’ll discuss issues of political identity, power, and economy through the lens of Black voters and hear her perspective on how we can repair a fracturing relationship.

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July 28, 2022 / Virtual

Ban Secret Deals: How to Take On the Economic Development Subsidy Machine

On July 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET, join the American Economic Liberties Project, NY Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris and other state and community leaders for an important conversation and workshop about the harms of secret deals and why states must ban them.

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July 19, 2022 / Zoom

“Thinking Big” with Dr. Elizabeth Popp Berman

Join us as we talk with Dr. Elizabeth Popp Berman for the second installment of “Thinking Big.” We’ll dig into the origins of this economic style of reasoning, its takeover of federal policymaking, and how it can be overcome.

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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, featuring Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Buddy Carter, and FTC Chair Lina Khan.

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In the News

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

On the heels of a new transparency ruling for airlines from USDOT, Economic Liberties' Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel Bill McGee talked with The Washington Post about the rule and why it's disappointing it doesn't include ban family-seating fees.

Washington Post

The Boston Globe exclusively covered the release of Economic Liberties' model legislation that would eliminate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s status as sole regulator of the airline industry.

The Boston Globe

Economic Liberties' Research Director Matt Stoller joined Marketplace Tech to discuss the ripple effects of the EU's latest fine toward Google and California's recent suit against Amazon.

Marketplace

Economic Liberties' Senior Policy Analyst Krista Brown discussed The App Association with Gizmodo and explained why it's nothing more than a "Big Tech front group."

Gizmodo

In The American Prospect, Economic Liberties' Research Director Matt Stoller and NCPA's General Counsel Matt Seiler dissect the consequences of the UnitedHealthcare-Change Healthcare merger.

The American Prospect

Rethink Trade Director Lori Wallach and Research Director Daniel Rangel explained to POLITICO's Morning Trade how Big Tech firms are hijacking President Biden’s IPEF deal.

POLITICO Morning Trade