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The Influence of Economics on Antitrust Law

  • Kovacic, William E
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    Economists today play prominent roles in formulating antitrust policy and litigating antitrust cases. This paper explains why economics influences antitrust law and describes how economic theories enter and shape the antitrust system. Antitrust policy and doctrine change over time in response to developments in economic theory, and the decentralization of the antitrust adjudication system and the wide latitude accorded judges in interpreting antitrust statutes ensure that legal rules will reflect advances in the economic literature concerning the appropriate content of standards governing business conduct. Copyright 1992 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 294-306

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:30:y:1992:i:2:p:294-306
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