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Title:When economics faces the economy: John Bates Clark and the 1914 antitrust legislation PDF Logo
Authors:Fiorito, Luca
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Working Paper, University of Utah, Department of Economics 2012-01
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to analyze John Bates Clark's influence in the passing of the Clayton and Federal Trade Commission Acts (1914). Specifically, it is argued and documented that Clark was important in this process in two ways. First, he exercised an indirect influence by discussing in academic journals and books problems concerning trusts, combinations, and the necessary measures to preserve the working of competitive markets. At least as importantly, if not more so, Clark took an active role in the reform movement both contributing to draft proposals for the amendment of existing antitrust legislation and providing help and advice during the Congressional debates which led to the passing of the FTC and Clayton Acts.
Subjects:History of Economic Thought
John Bates Clark
JEL:B15
B31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics Working Paper Series, University of Utah

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