Has U.S. Antitrust Policy Protected Consumers from the Abuse of Market Dominance?

Policy Paper No. 3

Among the United States’ most important exports are its market-oriented economic policies. The privatization and de-regulation of the transportation and communications sectors come quickly to the mind of this student of economic regulation. But why should the EU or other countries, for that matter, wish to emulate U.S. antitrust (competition) policy?

It is obvious that an open, competitive economy is a worthwhile goal, but is an aggressive competition policy – “antitrust” policy, in U.S. parlance – necessary to assure that a market economy does not retrogress to the bad old days of the Robber Barons? I would suggest that empirical evidence on the effects of U.S. antitrust policy provides little supportive evidence for such a proposition.

Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?


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