'Consumer Choice' is Where We are All Going - So Let’s Go Together

Concurrences: Revue des Droits de la Concurrence, No. 2, pp. 1-3, 2011

6 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011  

Robert H. Lande

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Neil W. Averitt

Federal Trade Commission

Paul Nihoul

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

Globalisation of business makes it important for firms to predict how their behaviour is likely to be treated in the roughly 200 nations that have competition laws. In that context, a crucial question is: are we in a position to develop a common intellectual framework that would give coherence to policy statements made on specific competition related issues and, at the same time, be acceptable, broadly, in a variety of legal systems, not necessarily based on identical assumptions? We believe that the answer is “yes.” A concept is emerging as a possible source of unification for competition policies around the globe: the concept of “consumer choice.”

Keywords: antitrust, competition law, convergence, international antitrust, comparative law, choice, consumer choice, comparative antitrust, comparative competition law

JEL Classification: K21, K33, L40, L49

Suggested Citation

Lande, Robert H. and Averitt, Neil W. and Nihoul, Paul, 'Consumer Choice' is Where We are All Going - So Let’s Go Together (April 1, 2011). Concurrences: Revue des Droits de la Concurrence, No. 2, pp. 1-3, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1856061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1856061

Robert H. Lande (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

Neil W. Averitt

Federal Trade Commission ( email )

600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States
202-326-2885 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ftc.gov

Paul Nihoul

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

Place Montesquieu, 3
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

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