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I’ve been grading Contracts exams for the last week or so. This is where I earn my pay. It’s an awful job. The students take only one exam for the entire semester, so I really have to be careful to make sure I’m evaluating everyone fairly. Painstakingly reading and effectively ranking 75 three-hour essay exams ... Common Errors on Exams
Danny Sokol posted his blog’s list of top antitrust publications for the year. The big winners were Einer Elhauge, Bundled Discounts, and the Death of the Single Monopoly Profit Theory, 123 Harvard Law Review 397 (2009), and Nathan Miller, Strategic Leniency and Cartel Enforcement, American Economic Review. In the holiday rush, I forget to send ... My Top Ten Antitrust Publications of the Year
I’m delighted to report that the Liberty Fund has produced a three-volume collection of my dad’s oeuvre. Fred McChesney edits, Jon Macey writes a new biography and Henry Butler, Steve Bainbridge and Jon Macey write introductions. The collection can be ordered here. Here’s the description: As the founder of the Center for Law and Economics ... The Collected Works of Henry G. Manne
A TOTM reader sends me the following interesting development on an emerging dispute over shelf space competition in Israeli supermarkets: Israel’s Super-Sol to Aggressively Pursue Stocking Fees and Perhaps its Private Label Positioning Tel Aviv…Stocking shelves in an Israeli supermarket will henceforth cost manufacturers and distributors money, it was announced by the mega Super-Sol chain, ... Shelf Space Contracts and Slotting Fees in Israeli Supermarkets
Leading antitrust critic and abolitionist, Dominick Armentano, has a letter to the editor in the WSJ. The point of the letter to the editor is rather specific: that FTC’s attack on Intel is no outlier in the historical context of antitrust enforcement, contrary to the WSJ’s description. To the contrary, Armentano argues that Intel is ... Armentano in the WSJ, Abolition and Antitrust Fairy Tales …
Here’s hoping all our readers have a Merry Christmas. (If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope your new year is filled with joy and good fortune.) Since I can’t deliver a Christmas present via the Internet, my “gift” to you is a movie recommendation. My father in law (the one with a high beta taste ... Merry Christmas
In its latest rulemaking, the Securities and Exchange Commission has included a provision amending its rules to require the Nominating Committee of a company Board of Directors to disclose whether and how diversity is used as a factor in nominating director candidates to the Board of Directors. The new rule also includes a provision seeking comment ... Diversity for Corporate Boards
Here is my testimony before the House Oversight Committee hearing last week regarding implications of the government as a shareholder in TARP recipients, particularly Citigroup, AIG and GM. It gave me a unique opportunity to continue discussing my Treasury Incorporated paper. I certainly hope the members took notes, although I doubt it. Nothing has been done since the last ... House Oversight Committee Hearing
My brilliant and beloved colleague Brian Leiter refers to Republican voters as “sociopaths, villains, religious zealots, and crazies.” There is much to this – the 50 percent or so of the voting population that traditionally vote for the GOP includes its fair share of misinformed nuts. But is there any reason to believe that Republicans have ... Are Republicans crazy?
President Barack Obama, June 1, 2009: What we are not doing, what I have no interest in doing, is running GM. GM will be run by a private board of directors and management team with a track record in American manufacturing that reflects a commitment to innovation and quality. They, and not the government, will ... Rhetoric Versus Reality, Part III
In light of economic worries in Vietnam, the WSJ reports that the country is soon likely to impose a widespread set of price controls and restrictions on political activity after an encouraging move toward freer markets: Carlyle Thayer, a veteran Vietnam watcher and professor at the Australian Defense Academy in Canberra, says conservative factions in ... Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste, Vietnam Edition
Judge Saris’s district court opinion denying the motion to exclude one of the plaintiff’s economic experts in Natchitoches Parish Hospital v. Tyco International recently came across my desk. It is an interesting case involving allegations that Covidien, a leading supplier of “sharps containers” used for the disposal of various needle-involving medical products (syringes, IVs, etc.) ... Daubert and Antitrust Economics, Or When Should An Antitrust Economist Have Training in Economics?