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Regulation Misled by Misread Theory: Perfect Competition and Competition-Imposed Price Discrimination
     

Regulation Misled by Misread Theory: Perfect Competition and Competition-Imposed Price Discrimination

by William J. Baumol
 

Regulation Misled by Misread Theory changes how we think about economics. Standard economics has long held that firms can price discriminate only when they have monopoly power. Antitrust authorities and other regulators are thus tempted to use the existence of price discrimination as one indicator that a firm should possibly be subject to government investigation.

Overview

Regulation Misled by Misread Theory changes how we think about economics. Standard economics has long held that firms can price discriminate only when they have monopoly power. Antitrust authorities and other regulators are thus tempted to use the existence of price discrimination as one indicator that a firm should possibly be subject to government investigation. In this monograph Professor Baumol shows that price discrimination not only exists in competitive markets but sometimes is a crucial feature of them. Baumol concludes by urging regulators to tread carefully when applying theory to policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780844713908
Publisher:
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.16(d)

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