The Economist Going Austro-Demsetzian?
| Nicolai Foss |
Most observers of industrial organization will readily agree that so-called “predatory pricing” is a rare phenomenon. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most hotly debated topics in industrial organization theory and in practical competition policy, probably because it is a particularly conspicuous example of the “abuse of a dominant position” (to use EU competition policy lingo).
In its most recent issue, The Economist has a nice discussion of predatory pricing, prompted by the recent EU Intel case. The article opens by citing Coase, but in actuality its owes much more to Harold Demsetz (cf. this classic paper) as well as Austrian writers on industrial organization such as Dominick Armentano (cf. this paper). The article is excellent as a basis for discussion in classes on industrial organization.