Understanding Monopoly

Fighting monopoly has long been a central feature of American political practice, from the Boston Tea Party in 1773, through the Plutocratic Era a Century Ago, right into the 1970s. Yet, beginning in the late 1970s, leaders in both parties began to abandon the antimonopoly philosophy that had so long defined how Americans do political economics. Since then, America has seen a dramatic increase in monopoly and a rapid concentration of market power, in almost every corner of the economy. The Open Markets Program uses reporting and analysis to tell the story of monopoly in America, as well as to spread a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of monopoly - how it drives inequality, weakens our economy, and afflicts citizens and business-owners in all corners of American society. 

Monopoly and Inequality

America is more unequal than it has been in a century, which is closely tied to the fact that the nation is living in a new era of monopoly.

Monopoly by the Numbers

Industry by industry, America's economy has become more and more monopolized in recent decades. These numbers show the scale of the problem.