Workshop 26/5 'Big Tech, Corporate Power and Economic Performance: Revisiting Monopoly Capitalism'

The workshop ‘Big Tech, Corporate Power and Economic Performance: Revisiting Monopoly Capitalism’ is aimed at presenting the Special Issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics celebrating the 40 years since the publication of Keith Cowling's seminal monograph ‘Monopoly Capitalism’.

Launched 40 years after the publication of ‘Monopoly Capitalism’, the CJE’ Special Issue focuses on how monopoly continues to impact economic performance and, more specifically, on the interaction of monopoly and technological change. A particular attention is posed on how the massive concentration of economic and technological power in the hands of few 'high-tech' companies such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google (aka FAANGs) is reshaping production, distribution, institutions.

The workshop includes three panels:

  • Digital platforms, globalization and financialization
  • Monopoly capital, digitalization and consumers
  • Industrial Development & Strategy in the era of Big Tech

Lecturers will include: Antonio Andreoni, David Bailey, Patrizio Bianchi, Valeria Cirillo, Martin Conyon, Andrea Coveri, Claudio Cozza, Sandrine Labory, Zhongjin Li, Christos Pitelis, Hao Qi, Malcolm Sawyer, Annamaria Simonazzi, Phil Tomlinson, Ramaa Vasudevan, Maria Enrica Virgillito

The workshop will take place at the Faculty of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome – Sala delle Lauree, Palazzina della Presidenza 2nd floor - on the 26th of May 2023.

To participate please fill the following form:

The workshop will be streamed on the Department of Economics and Law YT channel

The workshop can be watched again using the following links:
First part (panel one and two)
Second part (panel three and conclusions)


Local organizing committee:

Dario Guarascio (

Jelena Reljic (

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