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Emeritus Professor
Emory University

Professor Rubin’s main area of research is Law and Economics. He has written on many aspects of this subject. Recent papers have examined the effects of tort reform on death rates (tort reform leads to fewer accidental deaths) and the deterrent effect of capital punishment (it is a significant deterrent). He has also completed a survey article on the economics of the Bill of Rights. (These papers have been coauthored with colleagues at Emory.) A few years ago he completed a book on the evolution of economic and political behavior. He also write on policy issues, and has had several op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. Two favored topics are the regulation of pharmaceuticals and the economics of privacy and information.

Antitrust

Antitrust Collusion & Cartels

Popular Media

Dissention in antitrust agencies

The Wall Street Journal reports major conflicts between the DOJ and the FTC over antitrust jurisdiction.  There are only two of them, and they are not subject to rules against collusion and open agreements.  Nonetheless, they can’t get along and they cannot decide on market division.    Maybe they will take this as information about difficulties of collusion, even in duopoly situations.

Filed under: antitrust, cartels, federal trade commission