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Overview

No antitrust case in recent history has attracted as much public attention as U.S v. Microsoft Corp. Nor has any antitrust case in memory raised as many complex, substantive issues of law, economics and public policy. Microsoft, Antitrust and the New Economy: Selected Essays constitutes an early effort to analyze some of the central issues and to put the case in the context of the ongoing debate over the role of government in managing markets - especially in technology driven New Economy industries.
All of these essays, it should be noted, are written by critics of the government's efforts to regulate Microsoft. Indeed, many are by individuals who were closely involved in the company's legal defense and served as consultants to Microsoft. But their work should be judged on the merits rather than their provenance. For all represent serious scholarship by researchers committed to advancing the debate over government regulatory policies.

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Presented by Microsoft consultant Evans and partially funded by Microsoft, these 12 papers criticize the U.S. government's efforts to regulate the software giant. Authors argue that Microsoft's legal liability doesn't match the government's proposed solution, that if the company were indeed a monopoly the price of its operating system would be much higher, that the appeals court erred in not tossing out the opinion of a judge believed to be biased, that regulating Microsoft will not increase efficiency, and that the antitrust laws are outdated and should be scrapped. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

About the Authors. Introduction; D.S. Evans. Section 1: U.S. v. Microsoft Corp.: The Economics. An Analysis of the Government's Economic Case in U.S. v. Microsoft Corp.; D.S. Evans, A.L. Nichols, R. Schmalensee. Why Does Microsoft Charge so Little for Windows? B. Reddy, D.S. Evans, A.L. Nichols. U.S. v. Microsoft Corp.: Remedy or Malady? K.G. Elzinga, D.S. Evans, A.L. Nichols. DOS Kapital: Has Antitrust Action Against Microsoft Created Value in the Computer Industry? G. Bittlingmayer, T.W. Hazlett. The Price of Unanimity: The D.C. Circuit's Incoherent Opinion in U.S. v. Microsoft Corp.; J.E. Lopatka, W.H. Page. Judicial Misconduct and the Microsoft Case; L. Orland. Section 2: Antitrust Policy and the New Economy. Antritrust and the New Economy; D.S. Evans. The Rise and Fall of Leaders in Personal Computer Software; D.S. Evans, A.L. Nichols, B. Reddy. The Failure of Structural Remedies in Sherman Act Monopolization Cases; R.W. Crandall. Economic Perspectives on Software Design: PC Operating Systems and Platforms; S.J. Davis, J. MacCrisken, K.M. Murphy. Preserving Competition: Economic Analysis, Legal Standard, and Microsoft; R.A. Cass, K.N. Hylton. The Returns to Investments in Innovative Activities: An Overview and an Analysis of the Software Industry; J. Lerner.

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