5.3 — Antitrust II: The Paradox — Class Content

Meeting Date

Tuesday, April 25, 2023


Today we continue our examination of antitrust law by looking at how antitrust theory and practice have dramatically changed since the 1970s, largely as a result of Robert Bork’s book The Antitrust Paradox, and the adoption of the “Consumer Welfare standard.”

We also turn to take a more critical look at the history of the U.S. in the Progressive Era to address three questions: 1. Why were most economists against (or at least, not in favor of) the Sherman Act? 2. Did the industries accused of forming “trusts” and monopolies actually behave like monopolies? 3. What was the original intent and purpose of the Sherman Act?



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