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Critical Thinking about "Critical Loss" in Antitrust

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  • Danger, K.
  • Frech, H.E.III.

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The critical loss test proposed by Barry Harris and Joseph Simons has become popular in helping define U.S. antitrust markets. The test commonly leads to large, inclusive markets. We show that it is problematic, for several reasons.

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  • Danger, K. & Frech, H.E.III., 2001. "Critical Thinking about "Critical Loss" in Antitrust," Papers 01-4, U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:usjuat:01-4
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    1. John Simpson, 2003. "Geographic markets in hospital mergers: a case study," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(3), pages 291-303.
    2. H. E. Frech, 2002. "Corporate Demography and Empirical Industrial Organization: A Critical Appraisal," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 437-448.
    3. Coate Malcolm B., 2006. "Economic Models and the Merger Guidelines: A Case Study," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 53-84, May.
    4. Zimmerman, Paul R. & Carlson, Julie A., 2010. "Critical import supply elasticities and the ‘imports-as-market-discipline’ hypothesis," MPRA Paper 27848, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Stenborg, Markku, 2004. "Are There Biases in the Market Definition Procedure?," Discussion Papers 903, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    6. Martin S. Gaynor & Samuel A. Kleiner & William B. Vogt, 2013. "A Structural Approach to Market Definition With an Application to the Hospital Industry," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 61(2), pages 243-289, June.

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    Keywords

    MERGERS ; ANTITRUST LEGISLATION ; MARKET;

    JEL classification:

    • L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies
    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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