Denise Hearn

Denise is a Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project and Co-Lead of the Access to Markets Initiative. She is an author, advisor, and a recognized leader in new economic thinking.

Denise is co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition — named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018 and endorsed by two Nobel Prize winners. The book explores corporate industrial concentration and its effects on workers, consumers, economic dynamism, and inequality. Her writing has been featured in publications like the Financial Times, Quartz, The Globe and Mail, and The Washington Post. She has presented to over 50,000 people globally at venues including: The Oxford Union, a Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee, Bloomberg Beta, The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club, and The Goethe Institute.

Denise has worked across diverse fields including: education, social finance and investment strategy. She has helped build new impact investment models in Canada, create the world’s first Trustmark for Sharing Economy companies in the UK, and she was a Fellow in the Alt/Now: Economic Inequality residency program at the Banff Centre. Previously, Denise worked at Variant Perception — a global macroeconomic research and investment strategy firm based in London.

She has an MBA from the Oxford Saïd Business, where she co-chaired the Social Impact Oxford Business Network, and has a BA in International Studies from Baylor University.

Latest Publications

Fortune: Corporations break themselves up all the time. So why shouldn’t regulators break up Big Tech?

Anti-Monopoly Policies & Enforcement

August 25, 2022 — In Fortune, Economic Liberties' Senior Fellow Denise Hearn made it clear that corporate break ups are common and explained how they can benefit consumers, workers, small businesses, and even investors.

Stakeholder Capitalism’s Next Frontier: Pro- or Anti-monopoly?

Anti-Monopoly Policies & Enforcement

April 27, 2022 — “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.

National Post: Canada has lagged on policing Big Tech. That may be about to change.


May 11, 2022 — In National Post, Economic Liberties’ Senior Fellow Denise Hearn and McMaster University’s Vass Bednar discuss Canada’s opportunity to join other countries in taking key steps to rein in Big Tech firms' dominance.

Access to Markets: The Other Red Tape: Market Concentration and The Rise of Private Gatekeepers

Anti-Monopoly Policies & EnforcementIndependent Business & Entrepreneurship

June 14, 2021 — "The Other Red Tape" documents the ways dominant corporations threaten entrepreneurship and business growth and lays out how we can restructure markets to be open, fair, and competitive.