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Are Price Squeezes Anticompetitive?

BY | April 14, 2009

Aaron Panner, Apr 15, 2009 Assume that Defendant is a monopolist at the upstream level; that it produces a product at the downstream level; and that it also sells the…

Aaron Panner, Apr 15, 2009

Assume that Defendant is a monopolist at the upstream level; that it produces a product at the downstream level; and that it also sells the upstream input to downstream competitors. Under certain circumstances, Defendant can, by reducing its downstream prices or by increasing its upstream prices, eliminate downstream competitors margins and squeeze the downstream competitor out of the downstream market. That much is uncontroversial. Much more controversial is whether

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