Freedom to Trade and the Competitive Process
Aaron S. Edlin
University of California at Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics
February 8, 2011
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1761581
Although 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Antitrust, Industrial Organization, Competition Policy, Law and Economics, Trade Regulation, Trade Restraints, Monopoly
JEL Classification: D2, D4, K2, L2,L4, L5, M2
Date posted: February 15, 2011
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