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US: Are happiness and antitrust connected? Maybe.

 |  March 4, 2013

A professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law is promoting an intriguing concept: antitrust should, in theory, promote happiness. Professor Maurice Stucke has written an article, “Should Competition Policy Promote Happiness?”, in which Stucke argues antitrust regulators, like other economic policymakers, should focus on improving individuals’ quality of life through their work. While the author recognizes that the literature on happiness does not provide a direct guide for antitrust policy, he does suggest that antitrust “can and should” lead the way to a more fulfilling life for individuals, offering “more than the mindless pursuit of accumulating cheap products.”


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