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A General Analysis of Exclusionary Conduct and Refusal to Deal - Why Aspen and Kodak are Misguided

32 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2001 Last revised: 20 Oct 2010

Dennis W. Carlton

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

This paper analyzes the question: When should a single firm have a duty to deal with another? The paper uses a series of economic models to answer the question, assuming the goal is to prevent harm to competition, and applies the economic analysis to the leading cases to show when antitrust enforcement is appropriate and when it is not. The analysis shows that, to prevent harm to competition, the role for antitrust should be quite limited and that two leading cases, Aspen and Kodak, represent a dangerous direction for antitrust policy.

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Carlton , Dennis W., A General Analysis of Exclusionary Conduct and Refusal to Deal - Why Aspen and Kodak are Misguided (February 2001). NBER Working Paper No. w8105. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=258504

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