Delusions Regarding the Proper Role of Markets and Antitrust Policy

Delusions Regarding the Proper Role of Markets and Antitrust Policy William Curran and Donald Wellington have criticized capitalism,neoclassical economics and antitrust policy. This article defendscapitalistic institutions against both the strong forms ofsocialism as practiced in the former Soviet Union and againstits milder forms as practiced in the welfare states of Europe.The article endorses some of Curran's and Wellington's concernsabout neoclassical economics, but recommends that neoclassicaleconomics be adapted to make it more useful for scientificresearch rather than abandoned outright. Some suggestions areoffered in this direction. The article totally rejects the notionthat antitrust policy can be a tool for correcting the ills ofcapitalism as Curran and Wellington see them, and argues that thegoal of antitrust policy should be to improve capitalism not todestroy it. Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

Delusions Regarding the Proper Role of Markets and Antitrust Policy

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Economics; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
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