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The Relevance for Antitrust Policy of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in Industrial Organization

Dennis W. Carlton

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

George Mason Law Review, Forthcoming

This paper discusses some of the recent theoretical and empirical advances in industrial organization over the last decade or two and explains their relevance, if any, to the analysis of antitrust problems. After discussing the very broad area of game theory, I move on to discuss some specific areas where theory has improved our understanding of certain industry practices, such as strategic behavior, raising rivals' costs and tie-ins. I also discuss some provocative work by Sutton that links high concentration to fierce competition. On the empirical side, I discuss some breakthroughs in structural demand estimation, merger simulation, and in the modeling of entry and exit. In the discussions of these new theoretical and empirical results, I highlight their likely relevance for antitrust practitioners.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: Antitrust and Industrial Organization

JEL Classification: L00, L40

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Date posted: June 28, 2004  

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Carlton , Dennis W., The Relevance for Antitrust Policy of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in Industrial Organization. George Mason Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=558366

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