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Antitrust Analysis of Joint Ventures: A Simple Progression

Michael Lindsay and Erik Ruda, Antitrust (12), Summer 2016

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Two heads are better than one, and many hands make light work. These proverbs capture the concept that coordinated activity—at least properly-directed coordinated activity—can be socially useful. Of course, every business firm involves coordination of the activities of its employees, managers, owners, and creditors. But what
about socially beneficial coordination between or among firms that might otherwise compete with each other? If antitrust laws prohibit agreements in restraint of trade, how can independent competitors coordinate genuinely productive and procompetitive activity?

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