Antitrust Law (LAW-692-001)
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Examines the laws that protect consumers by ensuring competition in the marketplace. Topics include agreements among rivals, agreements between firms and their suppliers and customers, monopolization, mergers, and antitrust and the new economy. The course goes beyond Supreme Court case law to study influential modern lower court decisions and government enforcement guidelines. Although economic concepts and thinking characteristic of contemporary antitrust analysis are integrated throughout, the economic content of the course is accessible to students without background in that field.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The required casebook for the course is Andrew Gavil, William Kovacic, Jonathan Baker, and Joshua Wright, Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (West Academic Publishing, 3d ed. 2016) ISBN-10: 0314266054 ISBN-13: 978-0314266057. A recommended text, especially for anyone who has not studied basic microeconomics before, or not for a long time, is Avinash Dixit, Microeconomics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2014) ISBN: 9780199689378. This recommended paperback is relatively inexpensive new and can be purchased at a substantial discount used.
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