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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Some Observations on Claims That Rising Market Power Is Responsible for US Economy Ills and That Lax Antitrust Is the Villain

Some Observations on Claims That Rising Market Power Is Responsible for US Economy Ills and That Lax Antitrust Is the Villain

Dennis W. Carlton

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

This paper evaluates the recent literature claiming that the US economy has generally become less competitive causing the US economy to perform poorly and that lax antitrust policy is one important reason for the decline in economic performance. Although there certainly are empirical facts requiring further study, I conclude that the evidence does not support calls for dramatic changes in antitrust policy.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2020/09/some-observations-on-claims-that-rising-market-power-is-responsible-for-us-economy-ills-and-that-lax-1.html

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