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Competition Law and Development$
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Daniel D. Sokol, Thomas K. Cheng, and Ioannis Lianos

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785716

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785716.001.0001

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Is There a Tension Between Development Economics and Competition?

Is There a Tension Between Development Economics and Competition?

(p.35) 2 Is There a Tension Between Development Economics and Competition?
Competition Law and Development

Ioannis Lianos

Abel Mateus

Azza Raslan

Stanford University Press

The chapter aims to contribute to the cross-fertilization of the fields of competition economics and development economics. Our narrative focuses on the opposition between the dominant intellectual tradition in development economics (which emphasizes the role of state intervention through the establishment of protectionist barriers and monopolies at the expense of markets and free competition) and the competition economics tradition (which rests on the belief in the superior efficiency of free competition). The chapter explains why the recent evolution of both traditions toward the analysis of the micro-foundations of growth, the focus on institutions, and the emphasis on empirical methods might lead to a new synthesis, favoring a useful cross-fertilization between competition economics and development economics.

Keywords:   Development economics, competition law, institutions, growth, antitrust, infant industry, Washington consensus, dependency theory, economic development

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