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Connor Global Price Fixing



Our Customers are the Enemy

2001, Band: 24, 598 Seiten, Gebunden, Book, Format (B × H): 160 mm x 246 mm, Gewicht: 1161 g Reihe: Studies in Industrial Organization
ISBN: 978-0-7923-7333-9
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH


Connor Global Price Fixing

Some books get written, others write themselves. This book is the latter type. I have devoted myselfto studying the economic organization of industries related to food and agriculture for almost twenty-five years. It has been my good fortune to work at places that tolerated my gadfly approach to research. So long as I produced a few publications each year and wooed a few graduate students to share those interests, I was free to pursue an array of topics: why firms diversifY, the competitive role of advertising, strategies for selling in overseas markets, measuring market power, and many others. Although firmly anchored in the eclectic analytical framework of industrial economics and focused on the food system, I traversed a wide field at will. Some years ago, I had pretty much convinced myself that naked price fixing was not a high priority for scholarship in these industries. True, collusion was rife in a few food industries, such as bid-rigging among suppliers of fluid milk to school districts in isolated rural districts. Ripping off milk money from school children is reprehensible enough, but the size of the economic losses from localized price fixing paled besides other sources of imperfect competition.

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Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. 2. The Economics of Price Fixing. 3. Anticartel Laws and Enforcement. 4. The Citric Acid Industry. 5. The Citric Acid Conspiracy. 6. Economic Impacts of the Citric Acid Cartel. 7. The World Lysine Industry. 8. The Lysine Conspiracy. 9. Economic Effects of the Lysine Cartel. 10. The Global Vitamins Industry. 11. The Vitamins Conspiracies. 12. Effects of the Vitamins Cartel. 13. U.S. Government Prosecution of the Cartels. 14. Antitrust Prosecution by Foreign Governments. 15. The Chicago Criminal Trial. 16. The Civil Suits. 17. More Global Cartels. 18. The Business of Fighting Cartels. 19. Global Price Fixing: Summing Up. References. Index.


Connor, John M.
John M. Connor is Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He has served as head of food manufacturing research in the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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