Devising a Microsoft Remedy that Serves Consumers
36 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2009
Date Written: June 2, 2009
This article analyzes Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's structural remedy in the Microsoft case. Published in 2001, before the D.C. Circuit's decision reversing Judge Jackson's order, the article argues that "any severe restructuring of Microsoft, including the separation of its applications and operating systems activities ordered by the court, will almost certainly raise prices to consumers and will fail to produce long-term competitive benefits." The article also "sketches the content of a conduct remedy tailored to promote consumer interests." For our views on the eventual final judgments, see William H. Page & John E. Lopatka, The Microsoft Case: Antitrust, High Technology, and Consumer Welfare (Univ. of Chicago Press 2007).
Keywords: antitrust, monopolization, structural remedies, divestiture, conduct remedies
JEL Classification: K21, K41, K42, L12, L41
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