Competition Law and Global Supply Chains

27 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2016

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David J. Gerber

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology

Date Written: June 16, 2016


Global supply chains (or value chains or production networks) produce most of the manufactured products used by most people in most developed countries most of the time. They often represent a highly efficient and valuable set of economic arrangements, but they also carry a potential for harm that is often beyond the reach of current legal remedies. GSCs can shield those that produce faulty or hazardous products or artificially raise prices from legal responsibility for the harms they cause to markets, consumers and to the environment. This article focuses on one of those potential harms -- those caused by anti-competitive conduct, but many of the issues also arise in relation to environmental, financial and other types of harm. The article also looks at the impact of such arrangements on emerging markets and suggests ways in which the interests of low income source countries can be better aligned with high income destination countries.

Keywords: economics, competition law, economics-based model, EBM, development, developing countries, antitrust, international law, comparative law

JEL Classification: K20, K21, K29, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Gerber, David J., Competition Law and Global Supply Chains (June 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

David J. Gerber (Contact Author)

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology ( email )

565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

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