mo·​nop·​so·​ny | \ mə-ˈnäp-sə-nē How to pronounce monopsony (audio) \
plural monopsonies

Definition of monopsony

: an oligopsony limited to one buyer

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Other Words from monopsony

monopsonistic \ mə-​ˌnäp-​sə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce monopsonistic (audio) \ adjective

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Newsletter Sign-up Long-stagnant wages have focused academic attention on monopsony power. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Big Buyers Beware the New Trustbusters," 28 Dec. 2018 Pooh-poohs increasingly popular explanations like monopsony and worker leverage. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s White House says wages are rising more than liberals think," 6 Sep. 2018 One such factor might be what economists call monopsony, or concentrated market power. Noah Smith,, "A job market this tight should deliver bigger raises," 11 June 2018 Recent economic studies show that many local labor markets are surprisingly concentrated, giving employers some monopsony power. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "What to Do When the Labor Market Stops Working for Workers," 11 June 2018 Finally, good antitrust enforcement can help fight monopsony. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "4 big questions about job guarantees," 27 Apr. 2018 First, antitrust worries, which take in big tech firms’ high market shares, buying-up of promising competitors, and potential monopsony power over suppliers and vendors. The Economist, "America’s antitrust apparatus prepares to act against big tech," 26 Apr. 2018 Back then, his work centered mainly on the monopsony power Wal-Mart exerted over its suppliers, and the broader problem of corporate behemoths creating single points of failure in global supply chains. Brian Beutler, New Republic, "How Democrats Can Wage War on Monopolies—and Win," 16 Sep. 2017 Besides the monopsony research, the Obama White House has focused on evidence that inequality is fueled by a shift away from labor unions and by corporate consolidation within industries. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "A New Movement in Liberal Economics That Could Shape Hillary Clinton’s Agenda," 4 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of monopsony

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monopsony

mon- + -opsony (as in oligopsony)

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