On September 29, the Penn Economic History Forum held a symposium on my new book, The Corporation and the Twentieth Century. The event was well attended, with commentators, both in-person and online, including Brian Cheffins (Cambridge University), Alexander Field (Santa Clara University), Patrick Fridenson (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale and Michigan), and Laura Phillips Sawyer (Georgia). I am grateful to my friend Dan Raff for organizing the event.
|On October 20, I published another op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. I argued that contrary to a widespread meme in antitrust circles, there is little evidence that great antitrust cases of the twentieth century had the salutary effects claimed for them. Markets were in fact shaped by the capabilities and constraints of the firms involved, and they would have evolved in much the same ways had the antitrust suits never been filed. In many cases, antitrust verdicts merely called for actions that firms like IBM were already planning to take.
On October 12, I participated in a fascinating Santa Fe Institute event in New York City. The topic was “regulation” in its most general sense. I spoke about the history of government regulation in the U. S. Perhaps the most interesting talk was by noted venture capitalist Bill Gurley, who talked about regulatory capture.
|In September, I attended the annual conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research in Catania, Sicily, held at the historic Monastero San Benedetto. I presented a paper on Frank Knight, which was written for a symposium at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University on October 20-21.
I published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on August 5 about the Big-Tech regulatory commission proposed by Senators Lindsey Graham and Elizabeth Warren. My argument is that historical precedents from the Twentieth Century like the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Federal Communications Commission should give us pause about creating a new intendent regulatory commission.
I was thrilled recently to receive the Goodstein-Langer Award for Honors Advising during the Honors Program's annual medals ceremony. The award is named after the late Dr. Lynne Goodstein, the long-time head of the Honors Program, with whom I long worked closely, and her husband, Dr. Peter Langer -- with whom, I discovered, I share the home town of Thompson, Connecticut.
This honor means an enormous amount to me, and I want to thank -- and shout out to -- the many, many Honors students I have had the pleasure of working with for most of my 40 years at UConn.
I just returned from the first annual conference of the Dynamic Competition Initiative, which took place in Florence, Italy. It was exciting to interact with such a diverse and high-powered group of economists, legal scholars, and practitioners, including competition regulators.
I recently published an op-ed piece in the Globe and Mail of Canada, arguing that history helps us understand why today’s inflation is — and isn’t — like inflationary episodes of the past.
I was quoted yesterday in a CNN Business report about the electric-vehicle maker Rivian