Chillin'Competition

Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

Competition Policy and Happiness

with one comment

Many of you have probably had a chance to read various texts on the goals of competition law (the one in Giorgio Monti’s book is particularly good; more recently, I also liked Kevin Coates’ approach).

For an original approach to this discussion, check out Maurice Stucke’s recent paper “Should Competition Policy Promote Happiness?”  As noted in the abstract, the paper builds on recent academic literature on happiness and goes on to argue that “competition policy in a post-industrial wealthy country would get more bang (in terms of increased  well-being) in promoting economic, social and democratic values, rather than simply promoting a narrowly-defined consumer welfare objective“,

Many thanks to Wouter Wils for the pointer!

 

P.S. And speaking of papers, Pablo Ibañez, Hans Zenger and myself could use some additional votes for Concurrence’s Antitrust Writing Awards   😉

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

20 February 2013 at 1:41 pm

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. […] lives and end with an assertive proposition: “if there is competition, so is happiness” (see here for more on the relation between competition and […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: