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Commentary – Bring Back Antitrust

David Dayen, American Prospect – Bring Back Antitrust – Despite low inflation and some bargain prices, economic concentration and novel abuses of market power are pervasive in today’s economy—harming consumers, workers, and innovators. We need a new antitrust for a new predatory era…In his 1978 book The Antitrust Paradox, Bork, a devotee of University of Chicago economic theories, contended the Sherman Act was merely a “consumer welfare” prescription, not a presumption against market power (which generally can’t exist in Chicago theory)Recent scholarship has shown Bork’s assumptions to be backward. John Kwoka, an economics professor at Northeastern University, collected retrospective data on 46 closely studied mergers, and found that 38 of them resulted in higher prices, with an overall average increase of 7.29 percent. In cases where the Justice Department imposed some sort of condition for accepting a merger, like divestiture of some product lines or bans on retaliation against rivals, the price increases were even higher, ranging from 7.68 percent to 16.01 percent. By this analysis, consumers don’t benefit at all from merger activity, as market power overwhelms whatever efficiency gains…”

The Emergence of the Millennipreneur

“This year, the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report reveals the emergence of a new generation of entrepreneurs under 35 years old. Dubbed the ‘Millennipreneurs’, these are business starters from ‘Generation Y’, born between 1980 and 1995, also known as Millennials. Their approach to business, in terms of their ambitions, results and leadership style, differs fromContinue Reading

Reducing inequalities and financing education remain key challenges

“Governments need to tackle persistent inequalities in education and focus on improving efficiencies in their education systems in order to ensure that every child, whatever their background, can realise their full potential and benefit from a good education, according to a new OECD report. Education at a Glance 2015 reveals the rapid progress made inContinue Reading

WMO: 2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period

News release: “The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). TheContinue Reading

Dept. of Interior OIG Memo Cites Recurring Network Cyberattacks

Inspector General’s Statement Summarizing the Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of the Interior Report No. 2015-ER-068. November 9, 2015. “External threats to Federal information systems are persistent and increasing, and the risk for real damage is high. Because of the large size of its networks, and because those networks contain sensitiveContinue Reading

Stakeholders in Reform of Global System for Mutual Legal Assistance

Swire, Peter and Hemmings, Justin, Stakeholders in Reform of the Global System for Mutual Legal Assistance (November 8, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 32. Available for download at SSRN: “This essay contributes to the Privacy Project’s volume on Systematic Government Access to Private Sector Data, and also is partContinue Reading

Infographic: The Screening Process for Refugee Entry into the United States

Via the White House, November 20, 2015: “Summary: A step-by-step guide to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S. Refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else we allow into the United States. Here’s what the screening process looks like for them…”

Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset

Graham, Stuart J.H. and Marco, Alan C. and Myers, Amanda F., Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset (November 1, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 29. Available for download at SSRN: “While records of the assignments (transactions) affecting US patents and patent applications haveContinue Reading

Precision Local and State Government Search

“GovScan searches thousands of local government websites to bring you targeted, precision results. To begin a state specific search, choose the first letter of the state you would like to search: A C D F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Whether you are a governmentContinue Reading

ODNI Announces Transition to New Telephone Metadata Program

News release: “Beginning Sunday, November 29, the government is prohibited from collecting telephone metadata records in bulk under Section 215, including of both U.S. and non-U.S. persons. And, while under the prior program NSA collected metadata in bulk and sought court approval for individual queries, the USA FREEDOM Act requires that the government must nowContinue Reading


“INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. It can support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response…INFORM is the first global, objective and transparent tool for understanding the risk of humanitarian crises. When all those involved in crisis prevention, preparedness and response use a shared risk assessment, they can work moreContinue Reading

Police Use of Force: Rules, Remedies, and Reforms

CRS – Police Use of Force: Rules, Remedies, and Reforms. Richard M. Thompson II, Legislative Attorney. October 30, 2015. “Several high-profile police shootings and other law enforcement-related deaths in the United States have sparked intense protests throughout the country and a fierce debate in Congress concerning the appropriate level of force police officers should wieldContinue Reading