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Department of Justice Antitrust Enforcement, 1955-1997: An Empirical Study


Kenneth Glenn Dau-Schmidt


Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Joseph Gallo


University of Cincinnati - McMicken College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Economics

Joseph Craycraft


University of Cincinnati - McMicken College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Economics

Charles Parker


University of Cincinnati, Deptment of Applied Sciences


Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 17, p. 75, 2000

Abstract:     
This is an empirical study of Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement of the antitrust laws. Its purpose is fourfold:
1.To update Posner's study "A Statistical Study of Antitrust Enforcement" (Posner, 1970, pp. 365-419).
2.To provide consistent and comparable measures of antitrust enforcement effort by the Department of Justice.
3.To report these measurements in a concise and systematic way in order to encourage empirical studies of antitrust issues.
4.To explore some implications for antitrust issues.

The purpose is to present the overall historical record of DOJ antitrust activity as well as some patterns in that history. More detailed analysis is left for future work.

The following information for cases undertaken by the DOJ are reported: number of cases, choice of civil or criminal remedies, alleged violations, corporate officials prosecuted, won-loss record, civil and criminal sanctions imposed, and length of the proceedings. The principal source of data is the CCH Trade Regulation Reporter, commonly referred to as the CCH Bluebook which contains brief summaries of all DOJ antitrust cases in order of their filing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Antitrust, Enforcement, Department of Justice, Empirical, Law and Economics

JEL Classification: K14, K21, K42, L40, L50

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Date posted: April 28, 2005 ; Last revised: March 23, 2010

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Dau-Schmidt, Kenneth Glenn and Gallo, Joseph and Craycraft, Joseph and Parker, Charles, Department of Justice Antitrust Enforcement, 1955-1997: An Empirical Study. Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 17, p. 75, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=712745

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Kenneth Glenn Dau-Schmidt (Contact Author)
Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )
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Joseph C. Gallo
University of Cincinnati - McMicken College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Economics ( email )
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Joseph Craycraft
University of Cincinnati - McMicken College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Economics ( email )
1202 Crosley
P.O. Box 210371
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0371
United States
Charles Parker
University of Cincinnati, Deptment of Applied Sciences ( email )
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States
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