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Mordecai Kurz

Mordecai Kurz

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Mordecai Kurz is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the author, most recently, of The Market Power of Technology: Understanding the Second Gilded Age (Columbia University Press, 2023).

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  1. How Capitalism Became a Threat to Democracy
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    How Capitalism Became a Threat to Democracy

    Mar 15, 2024 Mordecai Kurz examines the economic policies and market dynamics that have ushered in America's Second Gilded Age.

  2. Reform Antitrust and Patent Laws Now
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    Reform Antitrust and Patent Laws Now

    Jan 24, 2024 Mordecai Kurz outlines the legal changes needed to rein in Big Tech’s market power and restore meaningful competition.

  3. Market Power Is Permanent, and Technological Competition Does Not Remove It
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    Market Power Is Permanent, and Technological Competition Does Not Remove It

    Dec 1, 2023 Mordecai Kurz shows that technological change leads not to disruption, but to deeper, more enduring forms of market power.

  4. Who Cares About Big Tech’s Displaced Workers?
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    Who Cares About Big Tech’s Displaced Workers?

    Apr 20, 2018 Mordecai Kurz explains how IT innovation is boosting corporate monopoly power and, with it, wage stagnation and inequality.

  5. The New Monopolists
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    The New Monopolists

    Sep 22, 2017 Mordecai Kurz examines how growth patterns in the IT sector are widening income and wealth disparities.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

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    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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