A Response to Professor Goldberg: An Anticompetitive Restraint by Any Other Name . . .
Timothy J. Muris
George Mason University School of Law
Review of Law & Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2006
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-20
In ignoring the facts of the Three Tenors case and the transactions costs of legal rulemaking, Professor Goldberg would unnecessarily complicate antitrust law to the detriment of consumers. Contrary to his assertions, the FTC's opinion does not favor ownership over contract. The parties could have chosen to coordinate Three Tenors products and promote a brand, but their contract explicitly provided otherwise. For a small class of cases - in which the parties restrain basic forms of competition such as price or advertising without a claim of consumer benefit - antitrust law avoids the costs of finding market power. In any event, the facts of the Three Tenors case provide a natural experiment revealing that the agreement the Commission proscribed in fact harmed consumers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: Three Tenors, legal rulemaking, Goldberg, FTC, antitrust law
JEL Classification: K21, K23, L44, L51
Date posted: May 10, 2006
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