By Lester G. Telser

ISBN-10: 0521022207

ISBN-13: 9780521022200

ISBN-10: 0521306191

ISBN-13: 9780521306195

This booklet appears at pageant in a brand new manner. It assaults the concept that festival continuously ends up in reliable effects and that extra pageant is healthier. It additionally assaults the idea that cooperation is usually destructive. an effective fiscal equilibrium calls for an optimum mixture of either cooperation and competition. Telser first examines the genesis of yes past due nineteenth-century legislation that affected festival within the usa. happening to offer new theoretical insights into cooperation and competition, he exhibits while unrestricted festival can result in an effective equilibrium, in addition to while regulations on festival delivers for a similar. The tensions among those forces are particularly pertinent to the research of innovation--the extra expensive it truly is to guard the valuables rights of rules, the higher is the reliance on secrecy, and therefore, the much more likely is the wasteful duplication of effects.

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The Sherman Antitrust Act became law in July, 1890, during the term of Benjamin Harrison, a Republican. No member of the House voted against it, 85 members did not vote at all, and 242 voted for it. Only one senator voted against the Sherman act, 52 voted for it, and 23 did not vote. As is the case for the ICCA, and despite the overwhelming vote for the Sherman act, one need not regard this as a bill to make the modern economists' notion of perfect competition the law of the land. It is even plausible to argue that anticompetitive interests would welcome the Sherman act.

In the third column the figures from January, 1882, until the sample ends show what the refined price would have been in the absence of the oil trust, assuming the crude prices were the same as they actually were (but see below). The figures in the fourth column show what the refined prices would have been in the period before the oil trust between January, 1874, and December, 1881. Had there been no trust, these calculations show that the margin would have been higher starting in December, 1885, while in the period preceding the actual formation of the trust, the refined price would have been higher from January, 1874, until November, 1877.

The House of the 50th Congress had 169 Democrats and 152 Republicans. Therefore, a substantial number of Republicans must also have voted in favor of the ICCA. Even in the Senate where the Republicans had 39 seats to 37 seats of the Democrats, there plainly was Republican support for the ICCA. Some would argue that these results do not necessarily reflect an antirailroad bias. Instead of regarding the ICCA as merely reflecting public sentiment against railroad abuses, Kolko (1965) and MacAvoy (1965) interpret it as favored by 3 The economy after the end of the Civil War 21 the railroads themselves so they could harness the power of government to enforce their cartels.

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