Comparative Law and Economics
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Comparative Law and Economics

Edited by Theodore Eisenberg and Giovanni B. Ramello

Contemporary law and economics has greatly expanded its scope of inquiry as well as its sphere of influence. The extension to many idiosyncratic topics and issues that sometime lie outside the traditional domain of the discipline have fostered the emergence of a new consciousness better grasped by a comparative approach. The original contributions to this Research Handbook provide a glimpse of the new perspectives that enrich the law and economics methodology.
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Chapter 9: Global competition law convergence: Potential roles for economics

David J. Gerber


Discussions of the future of competition law on the transnational level often reflect assumptions about the role of economics. Perhaps the most pivotal of these assumptions is that economics can provide a basis for global competition law convergence. It is pivotal, because choices and strategies relating to competition law often depend on it. Moreover, many see convergence among competition law systems as the only viable response to the problems and weaknesses of the current legal framework for transnational competition, and this view reduces incentives to evaluate or pursue other strategies such as coordination among states. Yet the prospects for convergence rest on assumptions about the role of economics in the convergence process, and these assumptions therefore deserve careful attention. This chapter explores these assumptions. It clarifies some of the concepts involved and identifies some of the roles that economics can play in the context of competition law convergence. In particular, it explores the issue of how and to what extent economics can provide a basis for competition law convergence. Curiously, this ‘how’ issue is seldom explored carefully. Discussions of competition law convergence often proceed as if the science of economics will be central to global convergence, but they seldom explain how it can be expected to play this role.

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