Institutional Reforms and Agency Design

27 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2020 Last revised: 29 Jul 2021

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Daniel A. Crane

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: November 11, 2020


Despite the idiosyncratic and sometimes counterproductive institutional scheme of federal antitrust enforcement created by failed Congressional design and decades of iterative experimentation, the U.S. antitrust agencies function relatively successfully most of the time. Because of this, the temptation is always to let well enough alone. There are many more pressing needs than major overhauls of the federal antitrust agencies. That said, if there is political will for reforms, there are no shortage of sensible possibilities.

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Crane, Daniel A., Institutional Reforms and Agency Design (November 11, 2020). The Global Antitrust Institute Report on the Digital Economy 33, U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 20-044, Available at SSRN: or

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