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.

FULL LEGISLATIVE TEXT

"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.

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.

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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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In the News

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

In USA Today, Economic Liberties’ Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel Bill McGee lays out the causes of the current airline and travel crisis, highlighting Secretary Buttigieg’s inadequate response and arguing for rolling back federal preemption.

USA Today

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

The New York Times' DealBook covered the release of Economic Liberties & Fight Corporate Monopolies' new report, "Ban Secret Deals: How Secret Corporate Subsidy Deals Harm Communities, and What to Do About It."

NYT DealBook

In response to news that Amazon would be acquiring OneMedical, Economic Liberties' Senior Policy Analyst Krista Brown talked with CBS News about why this merger is concerning for patients and their sensitive medical records.

CBS News

Economic Liberties' Senior Fellow Bill McGee discussed the implications of the recently announced JetBlue-Spirit Airlines merger with the Associated Press.

Associated Press

Economic Liberties' Senior Policy Analyst Krista Brown explained to POLITICO why the FTC's move to challenge Meta's move into the AV/VR space "represents its new commitment to protecting fair competition in nascent digital markets."

POLITICO