Title

The Employment Consequences of the Sherman and Clayton Acts

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics

Volume

147

Publication Date

1991

First Page

38

Last Page

52

Abstract

This paper asks whether the historical activities of the Antitrust Division have had an impact on employment (and, by implication, economic welfare) in the U.S. economy. Using data covering the period 1947–1981 (and earlier), we find a positive and statistically significant ceteris paribus relationship between unanticipated increases in Antitrust Division enforcement activities and the civilian labor force unemployment rate.

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