Review of Industrial Organization

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 179–196 | Cite as

The Determinants of State-Level Antitrust Activity

  • Robert M. Feinberg
  • Kara M. Reynolds


While there has been a considerable literature exploring the determinants of antitrust enforcement in the United States, these studies have been based either on aggregate federal enforcement data over time (exploring cyclical influences) or cross-industry studies, usually for a single year or aggregated over several years. What has never been investigated is the pattern of state-level antitrust litigation. This is somewhat surprising, as this has been a major activity of many state attorneys general. In this paper, we explain state antitrust activity across states, examining a number of the economic and political determinants that have been proposed in the literature.


Antitrust enforcement Political economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsAmerican UniversityWashingtonUSA

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