Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, 4th Edition (MIT by W. Kip Viscusi

By W. Kip Viscusi

This re-creation of the best textual content on enterprise and govt makes a speciality of the insights financial reasoning provides in examining regulatory and antitrust matters. Departing from the conventional emphasis on associations, Economics of rules and Antitrust asks how monetary idea and empirical analyses can remove darkness from the nature of industry operation and the position for presidency motion and brings new advancements in idea and empirical technique to endure on those questions.

The fourth version has been considerably revised and up to date all through, with new fabric further and prolonged dialogue of many subject matters. half I, on antitrust, has been given a tremendous revision to mirror advances in monetary conception and up to date antitrust instances, together with the case opposed to Microsoft and the superb Court's Kodak selection. half II, on monetary rules, updates its remedy of the restructuring and deregulation of the telecommunications and electrical energy industries, and contains an research of what went fallacious within the California strength industry in 2000 and 2001. half III, on social law, now comprises elevated dialogue of risk-risk research and huge alterations to its dialogue of environmental law. the numerous case stories incorporated offer scholars not just pertinent insights for this day but additionally the commercial instruments to investigate the consequences of laws and antitrust guidelines within the future.The publication is acceptable to be used in a variety of classes in company, legislations, and public coverage, for undergraduates in addition on the graduate point. The constitution of the booklet permits teachers to mix the chapters in a number of methods in response to their wishes. Presentation of extra complicated fabric is self-contained. each one bankruptcy concludes with questions and problems.

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Prominent examples include public utilities. It does not make sense to have a large number of small firms providing households with electricity, providing public transportation systems, or laying phone lines and cable TV lines. However, we also do not wish to give single firms free reign in these markets because the interests of a monopoly will not best advance the interests of society as a whole. What's good for General Motors is not necessarily good for America. Other kinds of regulation affect energy prices and minimum wage levels.

If we fail to use seat belts as often as we should or dispose of our hazardous waste products in a reckless manner, then there will be a need for government regulation to influence our activities. Although the preponderance of regulatory policies is directed at business, the scope of regulation is sufficiently comprehensive to include all economic actors. Page 4 Antitrust Regulation The first of the three parts of the book deals with antitrust policy. Beginning with the postCivil War era, there has been substantial concern with antitrust issues.

Efficiency and technical progress are explained in Chapter 4 as tools for evaluating policies. At least the first half of this chapter is probably necessary reading for understanding Chapters 5-9. Oligopoly and collusive pricing (Chapter 5) is novel in introducing oligopoly through a game-theoretic approach and then relating the theoretical models to antitrust cases. Market structure and entry deterrence (Chapter 6) is mostly analytical; it can be skipped by instructors under time pressure in courses with a primary focus on antitrust cases.

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