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Recidivism Eliminated: Cartel Enforcement in the United States Since 1999

7 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2011  

Gregory J. Werden

U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division

Scott D. Hammond

U.Department of Justice - Antitrust Division

Belinda A. Barnett

U.S.Department of Justice - Antitrust Division

Date Written: September 15, 2011

Abstract

John Connor has asserted that recidivism by cartel participants is very common and is symptomatic of serious flaws in cartel enforcement. However, we searched U.S. enforcement records for instances of cartel recidivism and found none at all since July 1999 when the first non-U.S. national was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for participation in international cartel activity. All available evidence indicates U.S. cartel enforcement in the United States is at least achieving the specific deterrence of convicted offenders.

Keywords: antitrust, cartels, recidivism

JEL Classification: L40, L41

Suggested Citation

Werden, Gregory J. and Hammond, Scott D. and Barnett, Belinda A., Recidivism Eliminated: Cartel Enforcement in the United States Since 1999 (September 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1927864 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1927864

Gregory J. Werden (Contact Author)

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Scott D. Hammond

U.Department of Justice - Antitrust Division ( email )

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Belinda A. Barnett

U.S.Department of Justice - Antitrust Division ( email )

600 E Street NW
Suite 10,000
Washington, DC 20530
United States

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