Economic History and Competition Policy

Authored by: Werner Troesken

Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415677042
eBook ISBN: 9780203075616
Adobe ISBN: 9781135121211


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This chapter considers the economic history of competition policy in the United States. The discussion is organized around five historical moments: the pre-1880 period; the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1887; the passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890; the rise of municipally owned utilities and state utility commissions during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and the privatization and deregulation movement of the 1970s and 1980s.

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