Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Fraternities, and Antitrust: Rethinking Hamilton College

66 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2007  

Mark D. Bauer

Stetson University - College of Law

Abstract

When small liberal arts colleges, particularly those in the Northeastern United States, abolish fraternities and sororities, they may be violating the antitrust laws. Additionally, by removing what may be the only viable competitor for room and board services for students in the small towns that host these liberal arts colleges, these schools are then free to raise room and board prices, at least to the level of their most expensive competitor. Since small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast are typicall the most expensive colleges in the country, and since their charges are outliers for all colleges, these increases in room and board prices may provide cover for increases in colleges across the United States.

Keywords: antitrust, fraternities, sororities, college, tuition

JEL Classification: D40, D42, D43, K21, L12, L13, L31, L40, L41, L44

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Mark D., Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Fraternities, and Antitrust: Rethinking Hamilton College. Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 53, Winter 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956349

Mark D. Bauer (Contact Author)

Stetson University - College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

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