Dont Call It A Comeback
When I came onto the job market in 2004, a number of advisers told me that I should not market myself as an “antitrust guy.” The prevailing view on the job market was that “antitrust was dead.” This perception was conveyed one way or another in interviews or conversations with folks in the legal academy. The conventional wisdom was that nothing exciting had happened in the antitrust world since the Reagan era. On top of that, the story goes, there were few important questions that remained to be answered and not only minor contributions left around the margins. I ignored the advice at the time thanks to an uncle (and antitrust lawyer) who had turned me on to economics and antitrust in high school. Truth be told I really didn’t want to study or write about anything else at the time and really wasn’t interested in saying otherwise.