By Jan B. Rittaler Ingo L.O. Schmidt
The e-book of this clinically analytical and trenchantly insightful quantity is felicitously timed. by way of fortuitous twist of fate, it comes at a time whilst the Chicago university enjoys a high-water mark of recognition in U.S. felony circles, and at a time whilst the U.S. merger move of the Eighties is cresting. It presents a welcome caution opposed to the risks of translating summary theories, in keeping with hugely restrictive (and unrealistic) assumptions, into facile public coverage concepts. As such the Schmidt/Rittaler research serves as a wanted antidote to the presently stylish predilection to confuse ideology with technology. within the Chicago lexicon, the single applicable coverage towards company is a coverage of untrammeled laissez-faire. simply because there aren't any marketplace imperfec tions (other than government-created or trade-union-generated monopolies), the marketplace may be relied on to manage monetary job, inexorably dispensing acceptable rewards and punishments. during this perfect international, company measurement and tool could be thoroughly overlooked. in any case, organizations develop into huge merely purely simply because they're effective, merely simply because they're effective, in simple terms simply because they've got served shoppers larger than their competitors, and merely simply because no newbies are more than enough to problem their dominance. as soon as an business mammoth turns into torpid and now not bestows its efficient beneficence on society, it is going to unavoidably wither and at last die. this can be the "natural legislations" that governs financial existence. It calls for obedience to its principles. It tolerates no interference through the state.
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Ll Beyond that, government should abstain from antitrust action. Stigler, The Organization of Industry, op. , 271. Demsetz, Economics as a Guide ... , supra, 383. 9 Bork, The Antitrust Paradox ... , op. , 406. 10 Cf. Bork, The Antitrust Paradox ... , op. , 263 f. and 278 f. 11 Cf. Stigler, The Organization of Industry, op. A. from 1948-1953, 1954-1959, and 1960-1964. He traces this decline to the effect of the amendment of Sec. 7 Clayton Act in 1950. In the summary of the chapter on the economic impacts of the antitrust laws he stresses this fact once more without any comment.
It 52 36 pressed in the words of one representative of the Chicago School as followS: 56 The distinctive feature of the monopoly situation is that the monopolist has created a gap between marginal costs and price, which means that social costs and social desires are no longer equated ... (t)he evil of monopoly, then, is not higher prices or smaller production (though these are its concomitants) but misallocated resources, or allocation inefficiency. A theory of oligopoly is denied by the majority of the Chicago representatives since" ...
21 In contrast to those who emphasize a multiple-goal approach, BorIc contends that the antitrust legislation's sole intent was the maximization of consumer welfare. Therefore, the expression "competition" describes a specifIc state of the market in which consumer welfare cannot be increased by judicial decree. 22 Consumer welfare is set equal to social welfare which leads to an abstraction from distributional aspects: 23 ... (I)t seems clear the income distribution effects of economic activity should be completely excluded from the determination of the antitrust legality of the activity.