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Spring 2013 - Antitrust: Economic Analysis/Legal Interpretation

Markovits, Richard S

Course ID: 440M  Unique # 28885  Credit Hours: 4
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Monday 9:10 am - 10:17 am TNH 3.114
   Tuesday 9:10 am - 10:17 am TNH 3.114
   Wednesday 9:10 am - 10:17 am TNH 3.114
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Midterm Tuesday, February 19    9:10 am - 10:17 am          A-Z
  Final Friday, May 10    8:30 am          A-Z
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

The course begins by explaining why the American antitrust laws' critical expressions -- "restraint of trade," "monopolizes," "decreases competition" -- should be interpreted in ways that make the legality of the various types of business conduct covered by those laws depend on economic analyses of the motivations of those who engage in them or certain consequences that they have.  It then analyzes the economic factors that determine the legality of the various practices that the American antitrust laws cover.  Approximately three-fourths of class-time will be devoted to economic analysis.  The remaining time will be devoted to explaining the positive case-law and guidelines and analyzing the respects in which the courts and antitrust enforcement agencies are analyzing the legality of the conduct in question correctly and incorrectly.

No background in economics will be presupposed, though students without such a background will have to work harder, particularly at the beginning of the course.  Diagrams but no more advanced type of mathematics will be used.

There will be a midterm as well as a final examination.

This course can be taken instead of or in addition to the regular antitrust course.

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