Competition as an evolutionary process and antitrust policy

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The antitrust debate in the United States has been grounded and guided by principles derived from equilibrium-based economics. However, these principles mischaracterize key elements of real economies. The authors (1) explore the nature of the antitrust debate by reviewing a key component of the debate - the efficiency versus wealth transfer argument; (2) illustrate how the equilibrium-based tradition has misguided the debate; (3) sketch an alternative, process view of competition that draws heavily on evolutionary and Austrian economics (resource-advantage theory; Hunt 2000b); and (4) discuss the implications of using a process view of competition as a basis for antitrust policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Public Policy and Marketing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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