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Competition Policy and Price Fixing
Louis Kaplow

Hardcover | 2013 | $60.00 | £49.95 | ISBN: 9780691158624
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Throughout the world, the rule against price fixing is competition law's most important and least controversial prohibition. Yet there is far less consensus than meets the eye on what constitutes price fixing, and prevalent understandings conflict with the teachings of oligopoly theory that supposedly underlie modern competition policy.

Competition Policy and Price Fixing provides the needed analytical foundation. It offers a fresh, in-depth exploration of competition law's horizontal agreement requirement, presents a systematic analysis of how best to address the problem of coordinated oligopolistic price elevation, and compares the resulting direct approach to the orthodox prohibition.

In doing so, Louis Kaplow elaborates the relevant benefits and costs of potential solutions, investigates how coordinated price elevation is best detected in light of the error costs associated with different types of proof, and examines appropriate sanctions. Existing literature devotes remarkably little attention to these key subjects and instead concerns itself with limiting penalties to certain sorts of interfirm communications. Challenging conventional wisdom, Kaplow shows how this circumscribed view is less well grounded in the statutes, principles, and precedents of competition law than is a more direct, functional proscription. More important, by comparison to the communications-based prohibition, he explains how the direct approach targets situations that involve both greater social harm and less risk of chilling desirable behavior--and is also easier to apply.


"[H]is contribution to the debate is novel, provocative, and important."--Choice

"[V]ery well documented. . . . I highly recommend to economists and lawyers, as well as those working in competition policy issues than those in charge of its implementation."--David Encaoua, Journal of Economics

"I highly recommend [Kaplow's book] to economists and lawyers, as well as those working in competition policy issues than those in charge of its implementation."--David Encaoua, Journal of Economics


"Kaplow has produced what is likely to be recognized as the definitive work on price fixing. His analysis is rigorous, comprehensive, lucid, and convincing."--Richard A. Posner, University of Chicago Law School

"Kaplow challenges--with gusto--the very foundations of existing price fixing doctrine. Read this book with an open mind and you will come away questioning basic concepts long taken for granted in antitrust law. Kaplow's analysis is precise and devastating. Prepare to be challenged and rewarded by this brilliant and radical book."--Carl Shapiro, University of California, Berkeley

"This is an ambitious book by a renowned scholar of antitrust law and economics on one of the most important and difficult topics in antitrust. Professor Kaplow demonstrates that current antitrust law for price fixing is fundamentally flawed and provides a fascinating road map for a new approach."--Richard J. Gilbert, professor emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

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Table of Contents:

Preface xiii
1. Introduction 1
2. Defining the Problem 21
3. Communications 50
4. Statutory Provisions and Higher Court Interpretations 69
5. U.S. Lower Court Practice 101
6. Paradox of Proof 125
7. Oligopoly Theory and the Agreement Requirement 174
8. Social Welfare 217
9. Framework for Decision-Making 231
10. Detection: Market-Based Evidence 256
11. Detection: Other Types of Evidence 286
12. Liability Assessment 307
13. Sanctions 322
14. Unilateral Market Power 346
15. Additional Considerations 368
16. Communications-Based Prohibition 387
17. Detection of Prohibited Communications 398
18. Further Topics 420
19. Conclusion 443
References 455
Index 475

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