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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2017

ILSR Report on “Monopoly Power and the Decline Small Business” Receives Award for Antitrust Scholarship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-report-on-monopoly-power-and-the-decline-small-business-receives-award-for-antitrust-scholarship/

An article written by ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell has been named “Best Antitrust and Small Business Article” as part of the annual Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship.

The piece was published by ILSR as Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business and also appeared in the academic journal The Antitrust Bulletin under the title “The View from the Shop—Antitrust and the Decline of America’s Independent Businesses.”

The Cohen Award was created through a trust established in honor of the late Jerry S. Cohen, a highly regarded trial lawyer and antitrust writer. The 2017 award committee consisted of Zachary Caplan, Warren Grimes, John Kirkwood, Robert Lande, Christopher Leslie, Roger Noll, and Dan Small. Information on other articles recognized by the committee can be found here.

Mitchell’s article notes that small, independent businesses have declined sharply in both numbers and market share across many sectors of the economy.  It argues that this decline is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations.  Drawing on examples in pharmacy, banking, telecommunications, and retail, it finds that big companies routinely use their size and their economic and political power to undermine their smaller rivals and exclude them from markets.

The article presents three reasons to bring a commitment to fair and open markets for small businesses back into antitrust enforcement and public policy, and concludes by outlining several specific steps for doing so.

Read a summary of the report.

Download the full report.

For updates on ILSR’s independent business and anti-monopoly work, sign-up for our monthly Hometown Advantage Bulletin and follow Stacy and ILSR on Twitter.

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2017

Local Governments Are Increasingly Buying from Amazon. Here’s Why They Need to Stop.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-governments-are-increasingly-buying-from-amazon-heres-why-they-need-to-stop/

From a small county in Montana to a nationwide purchasing group of more than 90,000 public agencies, local governments are increasingly turning to Amazon for their buying needs. When they do, though, citizens lose. Here’s why you should be concerned about this spreading trend — and 5 things you can do. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2017

The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Retain Overwhelming Economic Power – Episode 21 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopolists-playbook-episode-21-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing how concentrated economic power responds to communities that are supporting their own local economies. Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer discusses how these corporations fight against local communities with a number of ILSR’s experts. He speaks with Stacy Mitchell, John Farrell, Christopher Mitchell, and Lisa Gonzalez in order to get… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Press Release: Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-amazon-whole-foods/

The Deal Would Lessen Competition and Allow Amazon to Expand Its Dominance of Online Commerce FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday June 16, 2017 Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer, stumolanger@ilsr.org, 612-844-1330 In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement: “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2017

Listen: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in conversation about Amazon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-msnbcs-chris-hayes-and-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-in-conversation-about-amazon/

In this 45-minute discussion, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk about Amazon — including its power as an online platform, the importance of competition for a healthy economy, and the need for a public policy response to the company’s growing dominance. Continue reading