Suresh Naidu

Suresh Naidu is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Professor in Economics and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Naidu holds a BMath in Pure Mathematics from University of Waterloo, an MA in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on political economy and historical labor markets. His most recent publications include "Monopsony In Online Labor Markets" (with Dube et al.) in American Economic Review: Insights.  "Antitrust Remedies for Labor Market Power"  (with Posner and Weyl) in the Harvard Law Review  and "Democracy Does Cause Growth" (with Acemoglu et al.) in the Journal of Political Economy.




Suresh Naidu in the News

Facing covid-19, low-wage service workers are striking across the country. Here’s why — and why it matters.The Washington Post

Tax ‘excess’ profits of big money-making companies to fix coronavirus economy, scholar urgesMarketWatch

84 | Suresh Naidu on Capitalism, Monopsony, and Inequality, Mindscape

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for the American workforce. Tens of millions of workers are now out of work, and workers who are still employed must navigate their jobs while trying to avoid the risk of infecting themselves and their communities. Employers do not appear to be providing essential workers increased pay or

Labor market monopsony exists when firms can wield outsized power to offer lower wages. Though antitrust enforcement can address monopsony, it isn’t enough; more robust labor regulations and protections are necessary, especially in markets characterized by low concentration and little use of anticompetitive practices. In Antitrust-Plus: Evaluating Additional Policies to Tackle Labor Monopsony, Roosevelt Fellow