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Imperfect Competition in Labor Markets

President Biden’s recent Executive Order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” centered employers’ monopsony power and anticompetitive conduct as core components of American...
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DOJ Antitrust Official Says Competition In Labor Markets A Concern

The US Justice Department's acting head of its Antitrust Division said on Friday, October 1, that labor markets were a top priority for enforcement...
Buyer Cartel Doctrine Lessons From Labor Antitrust

Buyer Cartel Doctrine: Lessons From Labor Antitrust

While there is general agreement that buyer collusion can be as anticompetitive (and illegal) as seller collusion, the sparse caselaw on buyer cartels leaves...
A Note on Antitrust, Labor, and “No Cold Call” Agreements in Silicon Valley

A Note on Antitrust, Labor, and “No Cold Call” Agreements in...

By Russell Pittman (US Department of Justice)1   The issue of how to provide incentives for a private firm to invest in the knowledge and capabilities...
States and Non-Competes: Where Are Things Headed?

States and Non-Competes: Where Are Things Headed?

By Schonette J. Walker & Arthur Durst Non-competes have been used in employment contracts for centuries. In the past few decades however, perhaps because their...
When Competition Meets Labor

When Competition Meets Labor: The Washington Attorney General’s Initiative to Eliminate...

In January 2018, the Washington Attorney General launched an initiative to eliminate no-poach clauses in franchise agreements nationwide. These particular no-poach provisions were covenants...
Collusion in the Labor Market: Intended and Unintended Consequences

Collusion in the Labor Market: Intended and Unintended Consequences

In an effort to improve profits, employers sometimes collude in local labor markets. This has occurred recently in the markets for hardware and software...
No Poaching Agreements and Antitrust Enforcement

No Poaching Agreements and Antitrust Enforcement

No-poaching agreements are agreements among rival employers to not recruit or hire another firm’s employees. These agreements affect the price of an input and...
Labor Practices Can Be an Antitrust Problem Even When Labor Markets Are Competitive

Labor Practices Can Be an Antitrust Problem Even When Labor Markets...

In this article I argue that labor practices that are detrimental to workers can be an antitrust problem even if the labor market is...
The Goals of Competition Law Debate and Competition Policy for Labor Markets

The Goals of Competition Law Debate and Competition Policy for Labor...

In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in competition policy applied to labor markets. But the development of a coherent competition...
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