Freedom to Trade and the Competitive Process
AbstractAlthough antitrust courts sometimes stress the competitive process, they have not deeply explored what that process is. Inspired by the theory of the core, we explore the idea that the competitive process is the process of sellers and buyers forming improving coalitions. Much of antitrust can be seen as prohibiting firms’ attempts to restrain improving trade between their rivals and customers. In this way, antitrust protects firms’ and customers’ freedom to trade to their mutual betterment.
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- Edlin, Aaron & Farrell, Joseph, 2011. "Freedom to Trade and the Competitive Process," Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics, Working Paper Series qt0xg2h885, Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics.
- Edlin, Aaron & Jennings, Richard & Farrell, Joseph, 2011. "Freedom to Trade and the Competitive Process," Competition Policy Center, Working Paper Series qt5gx9n3tf, Competition Policy Center, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
- D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
- D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing
- K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
- L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
- L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies
- L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
- M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Economics
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