Economics and Antitrust Policy

Economics and Antitrust Policy

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As the economists and lawyers contributing to this volume demonstrate, an important element of the Reagan Revolution has been a fundamental shift in antitrust policy and enforcement away from the focus on market structure during the 1960s and early 1970s toward a greater emphasis on the effects of business conduct on economic efficiency and consumer welfare. This shift, caused both by a marked change in the political climate and changes in the thinking and research output of economists, has had an enormous impact on the volume and substance of antitrust activity during the 1980s. The articles collected here--each written especially for this volume--assess these changes in antitrust activity in key policy areas: mergers, vertical restraints, monopoly, and strategic behavior.



The authors examine particularly the impact of the change in antitrust enforcement and policy on social welfare. They point out where changes have been beneficial, evaluate whether further changes in policy or law are desirable, and probe unresolved issues, such as whether current policy pays too little attention to the possible strategic or anticompetitive aspects of some forms of business conduct. Taken together, these essays offer a multifaceted explanation of the ways in which economics has contributed to changes in antitrust policy and law. By providing a more thorough understanding of developments in industrial economics during the last 30 years, the authors also provide lawyers, economists, business executives, and students of business administration with new insights into possible future trends in antitrust policy and law--and their impact on the structure of American businesses and markets.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 16mm | 530.7g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0899303862
  • 9780899303864

Table of contents

Introduction by Robert J. Larner and James W. Meehan, Jr. Unmasking Monopoly: Four Types of Economic Evidence by Kenneth G. Elzinga Strategic Business Behavior and Antitrust by Charles A. Holt and David T. Scheffman Merger Policy in the 1970s and 1980s by F.M. Scherer The Revolution in Antitrust Analysis of Vertical Relationships: How Did We Get From There to Here? by Lawrence J. White Vertical Price Restraints: Per se or Rule of Reasons? by Robert J. Larner Antitrust Law and Economics at the Political Frontier by Donald I. Baker Antitrust Law and Policy: Rule of Law or Economic Assumptions? by Timothy J. Waters The Structural School, Its Critics, and Its Progeny: An Assessment by James W. Meehan, Jr., and Robert J. Larner Postscript: In Memory of H. Michael Mann by Robert J. Larner and James W. Meehan, Jr. Bibliography of the Works of H. Michael Mann Index
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"Written in memory of the late Michael Mann, this volume includes an essay reviewing his contributions as an economist to antitrust, but it also contains a valuable summary of the changes in economic thought and its influence in court decisions and public policy in this area. In separate essays several economists deal with the evolution of the structure conduct-performance paradigm, the Chicago school attack on it, and the new industrial organization paradigm emphasizing behavior, particularly strategic business behavior, in analyzing business conduct in imperfectly competitive markets. Two practicing antitrust attorneys address the political content and the ability of antitrust laws to accommodate changing emphases in economic analysis. This book should be available in libraries supporting courses in industrial organization and antitrust policy, specifically collections designed for use by students in economics (undergraduates and graduates), law, and business."-Choice "Eight essays discuss the evolution of U.S. antitrust policies in the 1960s, which stressed market structure toward more emphasis on economic efficiency and consumer welfare from a populist stance. Considers the intelletucal rationale for the policy change and the influence of economic theory on policy formation. Topics analyzed include methods of detecting monopoly power, strategic behavior and antitrust policy, and the analysis of vertical relationships. Contributors are economists and attorneys."-Economic Books ?Eight essays discuss the evolution of U.S. antitrust policies in the 1960s, which stressed market structure toward more emphasis on economic efficiency and consumer welfare from a populist stance. Considers the intelletucal rationale for the policy change and the influence of economic theory on policy formation. Topics analyzed include methods of detecting monopoly power, strategic behavior and antitrust policy, and the analysis of vertical relationships. Contributors are economists and attorneys.?-Economic Books ?Written in memory of the late Michael Mann, this volume includes an essay reviewing his contributions as an economist to antitrust, but it also contains a valuable summary of the changes in economic thought and its influence in court decisions and public policy in this area. In separate essays several economists deal with the evolution of the structure conduct-performance paradigm, the Chicago school attack on it, and the new industrial organization paradigm emphasizing behavior, particularly strategic business behavior, in analyzing business conduct in imperfectly competitive markets. Two practicing antitrust attorneys address the political content and the ability of antitrust laws to accommodate changing emphases in economic analysis. This book should be available in libraries supporting courses in industrial organization and antitrust policy, specifically collections designed for use by students in economics (undergraduates and graduates), law, and business.?-Choice
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About Robert Larner

ROBERT J. LARNER is an economist and Vice President of Charles River Associates, Inc., a Boston-based research and consulting firm. He has served as a consultant or expert witness in more than 50 antitrust cases, regulatory proceedings, and other kinds of litigation, and he has published numerous articles in journals such as American Economic Review and The Antitrust Bulletin.



JAMES W. MEEHAN, JR., is Professor of Economics at Colby College. He has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Bureau of Economics of the Federal Trade Commission, and his current research includes study of the economics of vertical mergers and the effects of the recent changes in the Department of Justice's merger guidelines.
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