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"Prospective merger review is the most frequent application of antitrust law. It exempts transactions on the basis of size, though small deals can have large anticompetitive effects in segmented industries. I examine its impact on antitrust enforcement and merger activity in the context of an abrupt increase in the US exemption threshold. I find that among newly-exempt deals, antitrust investigations fall to almost zero while mergers between competitors rise sharply. Effectively all of the rise reflects an endogenous response of firms to reduced premerger scrutiny, consistent with large deterrent effects of antitrust enforcement."
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19 days ago by MarcK
(1521) The Myth of American "Capitalism" - YouTube
backhand subsidies
lobby influence
monopolies and oligopolies are price makers and consumers become price takers, there is no equilibrium.
Capitalism  book  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  competition  anttrust  anti-trust  free  market  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  consumer  protection  subsidies  subsidizing  lobby  revolving  door 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Antitrust 1: Standard Oil (NPR Planet Money)
Today on the show, we're launching a three part series on antitrust law, one of the most important but least-understood bodies of law in the United States.

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For this first episode in the series, we're starting at the very beginning, in the nineteenth century, with the story of John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil.
anti-trust  antitrust 
february 2019 by osi_info_program
FTC v. Qualcomm: Innovation and Competition | The Federalist Society
Not only that, but Qualcomm has not altered its licensing terms or practices since it was decidedly an upstart challenger in the market — indeed, since before it even started producing chips, and thus before it even had the supposed means to leverage its chip sales to extract anticompetitive licensing terms. It would be a remarkable coincidence if precisely the same licensing structure and the exact same royalty rate served the company’s interests both as a struggling startup and as an alleged rapacious monopolist. Yet that is the implication of the FTC’s theory.   
anti-trust  FTC  FederalistSociety 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
Commentary: How We Can Stop the Tech Monopoly Takeover | Fortune
The size and scale of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft threaten American democracy. Is it too late to stop them?
data  privacy  monopoly  facebook  google  apple  amazon  2018  fortune  anti-trust 
may 2018 by wmaceyka
Is Big Business Really That Bad? - The Atlantic
Whatever market power big companies do have, they’re doing a lousy job of turning it into excess profits. According to IRS data, in 2013 corporations with receipts of less than $500,000 had higher profits than did corporations with more than $250 million in sales. The anti–Big Business crowd likes to claim that large corporations find ways of holding on to more of those profits. But the myth of Big Business as unrepentant tax cheat is not borne out by the data. Large corporations do hire top accounting firms to minimize their tax exposure, and some keep profits offshore. But even with the advantages conferred by wily accountants, the tax code favors small firms to such a degree that, in 2013, federal income tax paid, as a share of total net income, was 18.2 percent for firms with more than $250 million in sales and just 4.6 percent for firms with less than $5 million in sales. Big companies are also much more likely than small ones to be audited and to face steep penalties for malfeasance.
corporate  business  anti-trust  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2018 by HispanicPundit

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