Monday, July 19, 2010

Monopsony in Law and Economics

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

My colleagues and friends Roger Blair (University of Florida - Econ) and Jeff Harrison (University of Florida - Law) have the excellent 2nd edition coming out of Monopsony in Law and Economics.  The book significantly revises the first edition, which came out in 1993.

ABSTRACT: Most readers are familiar with the concept of a monopoly. A monopolist is the only seller of a good or service for which there are not good substitutes. Economists and policy makers are concerned about monopolies because they lead to higher prices and lower output. The topic of this book is monopsony, the economic condition in which there is one buyer of a good or service. It is a common misunderstanding that if monopolists raise prices, then monopsonists must lower them. It is true that a monopsonist may force sellers to sell to them at lower prices, but this does not mean consumers are better off as a result. This book explains why monopsonists can be harmful and the way law has developed to respond to these harms.

1. Introduction; 2. The antitrust laws and monopsonistic forms of conduct; 3. Economic theory of monopsony; 4. The antitrust response to monopsony and collusive monopsony; 5. Cooperative buying efforts; 6. Bilateral monopoly; 7. Monopsony and antitrust enforcement; 8. Monopsony in action: agricultural markets; 9. Monopsony in action: the NCAA; 10. Monopsony in action: physician collective bargaining: monopoly or bilateral monopoly; 11. Final comments.

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