How Employers are Using Market Power to Underpay Workers

The new antitrust merger guidelines’ take on labor markets

May 7, 2024

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Stacey Slaughter


Co-Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group

On Tuesday, May 7, Stacey Slaughter moderated a roundtable titled, “How employers are using market power to underpay workers: The new antitrust merger guidelines’ take on labor markets.” This event brought together economic research, legal theory, and real-world antitrust expertise to focus on the future of mergers and antitrust regulations. Panelists discussed the crucial role of antitrust enforcement in shaping the future of labor market competition and advancing worker welfare.

The event was hosted by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute and took place at the University of Minnesota campus, which was established to help disseminate economic research and to make research have policy impact. Speakers included Eric Posner, a law professor at the University of Chicago and the DoJ who served as a special advisor on writing the labor parts of the new FTC rules, as well as Kyle Herkenhoff, a professor in economics at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Herkenhoff was a presenter at the DoJ public hearings providing feedback on merger guidelines.

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