Mergers in the Heartland: What the Rise of Amazon Means for American Workers’ Wages

By Marshall Steinbaum, Lydia DePillis |

How does corporate power suppress worker wages? And why has it hit rural America especially hard?

Please join Roosevelt Research Director Marshall Steinbaum and CNN’s Lydia DePillis on March 23 for a conversation about a key force driving Americans’ economic insecurity.

Steinbaum’s latest research reveals how employers are using increasingly concentrated corporate power to shape the labor market to their own advantagedriving down wages, limiting worker mobility, and reducing entrepreneurship. The decades-long weakening of antitrust policy may be to blame.

With significant coverage from The New York Times, The Economist, and others alreadyand mega mergers in the news dailythis is poised to be a major topic of debate in 2018.

Friday, March 23, 2018
Breakfast available at 8:30 AM
Discussion begins promptly at 9 AM
Concluding at 10 AM (including Q&A)

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10022

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Marshall Steinbaum is a Fellow and Research Director at the Roosevelt Institute, where he researches market power and inequality. He works on tax policy, antitrust and competition policy, and the labor market, in particular declining entrepreneurship and labor mobility as well as credentialization and its result: the student debt crisis. He is a co-editor of After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality (Harvard University Press 2017), and his work has appeared in Democracy, Boston Review, New Republic, American Prospect, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and ProMarket. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Lydia DePillis is a senior reporter at CNNMoney, focusing on how economics intersects with peoples’ lives. Previously, she covered Texas’ economy at the Houston Chronicle, labor at the Washington Post, technology at The New Republic, and real estate at the Washington City Paper. Lydia is a native of Seattle, Washington and attended Columbia College in New York City, where she spent most of her time blogging. Her work has also appeared in the New York Observer, Pacific Standard, Slate, and various trade publications, and she has appeared on a wide variety of radio and television stations.