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By R. Richard Geddes, R. Richard Geddes, David E. M. Sappington, J. Gregory Sidak, Peter J. Wallison

ISBN-10: 081793992X

ISBN-13: 9780817939922

Government-owned and government-subsidized organisations compete with inner most corporations in a number of actions yet are usually endowed with privileges and immunities now not loved through their deepest competitors. Competing with the govt finds how those privileges supply executive agencies a synthetic aggressive virtue that fosters a variety of probably damaging results. analyzing quite a few cases during which executive and personal enterprises compete—including freight carriage, electrical utilities, monetary companies, and others—the authors increase primary questions on the correct dating among enterprise and executive in a industry financial system and underline the necessity for major coverage switch relating to pageant among executive and personal organisations. Drawing from a wealth of case experiences, they aspect how state-owned organizations (SOEs) get pleasure from an array of government-granted privileges and immunities that may be used anticompetitively, revealing why an SOE is likely to have interaction in anticompetitive habit than a privately owned firm—and why anticompetitive habit by way of SOEs could be damaging to society. They express how the U.S. Postal Service—as good as postal prone abroad—have regularly been in charge of anticompetitive habit. and so they make a robust case that government-sponsored organizations reminiscent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have truly violated the Sherman antitrust act by means of monopolizing the automatic underwriting marketplace.

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S. Postal Service despite the fact that its independent regulator, the Postal Rate Commission, regularly presides over adversarial, evidentiary rate cases that often last nine months or more. See Sidak and Spulber, Protecting Competition from the Postal Monopoly, 101–46. See, for example, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Committee on Competition Law and Policy, Promoting Competition in Postal Service (No. 24, DAFEE/CLP (99) 22, 1 October 1999), 55, 336–37 (Aide Memoire of the Discussion).

World Bank, Bureaucrats in Business: The Economics and Politics of Government Ownership (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), 30. 2. We use the term anticompetitive instead of predatory because the latter often connotes that the firm recoups losses from below-cost pricing after it causes rivals to exit the market or desist from aggressive competition. An SOE may not need to recoup such losses, for reasons we explain. 3. Because European nations, among others, typically do not employ the term antitrust law, it would be parochial to use that term to describe the developing body of law on SOEs.

If that evidence and the commercial bank’s arguments are correct, then, consistent with Sappington and Sidak’s theory, the Fed was attempt- .......................... 10609$ $CH2 02-19-04 11:13:29 PS 42 R. Richard Geddes ing to maintain market share by depressing prices at which it faces competition. Water Utilities The water utility industry provides an instructive historical example of direct competition between government and private firms. 27 City governments wanted to acquire the waterworks at least cost and employed a range of strategies to get private water companies to reduce their asking prices.

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