When Economics Faces the Economy: John Bates Clark and the 1914 Antitrust Legislation

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The aim of this paper is to analyze John Bates Clark's influence in the passing of the Clayton and Federal Trade Commission Acts of 1914. It is argued that Clark was important to the passage of these acts in two ways. First, he exercised an indirect influence by discussing in academic journals and books problems concerning trusts, combinations, and the measures necessary to preserve the working of competitive markets. At least as importantly, Clark took an active role in the reform movement, both contributing to draft proposals for the amendment of existing antitrust legislation and providing help and advice during the Congressional debates that led to the passage of the FTC and Clayton Acts. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)139-163
Numero di pagine25
RivistaReview of Political Economy
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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