Misconceptions, Misdirection and Mistakes

Published in DID MICROSOFT HARM CONSUMERS? TWO OPPOSING VIEWS, David S. Evans, Franklin M. Fisher, Daniel L. Rubinfeld and Richard L. Schmalensee, eds., AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, AEI Press, Washington, DC, 2000

Posted: 22 Apr 2001

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Franklin M. Fisher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics

Daniel L. Rubinfeld

University of California at Berkeley - School of Law; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); NYU Law School

Abstract

Fisher was the principal economic witness for the Antitrust Division in Microsoft. This paper is a rebuttal piece to a paper by David S. Evans and Richard L. Schmalensee, the latter of whom was the principal economic witness for Microsoft. The paper points out that Microsoft did, in fact, harm consumers but beyond that, such harm is not and should not be a requisite for a finding of liability in an antitrust case. The antitrust laws are designed to protect competition, and competition is presumed to protect consumers.

Suggested Citation

Fisher, Franklin M. and Rubinfeld, Daniel L., Misconceptions, Misdirection and Mistakes. Published in DID MICROSOFT HARM CONSUMERS? TWO OPPOSING VIEWS, David S. Evans, Franklin M. Fisher, Daniel L. Rubinfeld and Richard L. Schmalensee, eds., AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, AEI Press, Washington, DC, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=247522

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