Let’s start with the obvious: We are experiencing the worst labor market since the Great Depression, if not ever. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the employment-to-population ratio has cratered to a record low 51.3 percent, with nearly 43 million Americans unemployed or underemployed in April. That figure is likely to worsen in May, as about

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

Progressing Ahead in 2019

Summers are never slow at Roosevelt, and now we’re gearing up for an even busier fall. At the top of our to-do list is explaining how and why the public sector must make big investments to tackle our nation’s toughest challenges; promoting our ideas to influence the Democratic presidential debate; and welcoming two new fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org Rising Number of Hospital Mergers and Closures in Rural America Hurting Women’s Health, Economic Well-Being Roosevelt Institute documents adverse effects of market power crisis An issue brief released today by the Roosevelt Institute finds that corporate consolidation within America’s rural hospital sector is harming both

Structural problems in the health care and hospital industries are specifically hurting women in rural America, both as patients and as workers. In a new Roosevelt issue brief, Andrea Flynn, Rakeen Mabud, and Emma Chessen explore some of the industry-wide shifts that have occurred in rural areas over the last several decades. They then describe the

As of late, I’ve been doing my utmost to find the silver linings of an otherwise frightening, frustrating, and disappointing news cycle—a rather difficult task in this political moment. There’s the legal fight brewing over Roe v. Wade, and Emily Peck’s sobering piece in HuffPost on the economic peril faced by women—and especially women of

Each Saturday, a Roosevelt staff member will share 3-5 articles that they consider must-reads. This week, Roosevelt Communications Director Kendra Bozarth is sharing an antitrust reading list and elevates the hidden rules of drug addiction. I recently finished Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, which is fitting because I am definitely a woman signaling fury

Digital platforms play a central role in the economy and Americans’ everyday lives. Each platform has distinct characteristics, but specific concerns about their dominance in the marketplace—and on key parts of daily life—have grown in recent years. In The Case for the Digital Platform Act: Market Structure and Regulation of Digital Platforms, Public Knowledge Senior Vice

The US economy suffers from a market power problem that has invaded many sectors, including health care, telecommunications, and technology. As firms become more powerful, they are able to profit by taking advantage of other economic stakeholders rather than growing the overall economic pie. Competition as America once knew it—firms working to provide better goods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org A New 21st Century Policy Agenda: Roosevelt Report Proposes Changing the Balance of Power in the Economy At Washington DC launch event, Roosevelt experts presented a new approach to policymaking, with a keynote from former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams WASHINGTON, DC — Today,