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Antitrust’s Neglected Question: Who Is “The Consumer”?

Caron Beaton-Wells

The Antitrust Bulletin | Federal Legal Publications; 1999 | Published : 2020


In a period when debate about the goals, scope, and effectiveness of antitrust policy and law is flourishing, it is timely to revisit the fundamental question of whose interests these instruments are intended to protect. In considering whether antitrust’s primary concern should be with consumer welfare, few have paused to consider the nature of consumer identity other than through the narrow economic prism of the purchase and use of goods and services. However, consumers are not mere choosers of offerings in the market place, an identity itself riven by complexity and contradiction. Consumers act also as citizens and workers in markets. Recognition of the multifaceted and indivisible charact..

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