Joseph Farrell

Department of Economics
UC, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2011Freedom to Trade and the Competitive Process
with Aaron Edlin: w16818
Although antitrust courts sometimes stress the competitive process, they have not deeply explored what that process is. Inspired by the theory of the core, we explore the idea that the competitive process is the process of sellers and buyers forming improving coalitions. Much of antitrust can be seen as prohibiting firms' attempts to restrain improving trade between their rivals and customers. In this way, antitrust protects firms' and customers' freedom to trade to their mutual betterment.
February 2009Intellectual Property as a Bargaining Environment
in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 9, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
April 1999Do Investors Forecast Fat Firms? Evidence from the Gold Mining Industry
with Severin Borenstein: w7075
Conventional economic theory assumes that firms always minimize costs given the output they produce. News articles and interviews with executives, however, indicate that firms from time to time engage in cost-cutting exercises. One popular belief is that firms cut costs when they are in economic distress, and grow fat when they are relatively wealthy. We explore this hypothesis by studying the response of the stock market values of gold mining companies to changes in gold prices. The value of a cost-minimizing, profit-maximizing firm is convex in the price of a competitively supplied input or output, but we find that the stock values of many gold mining companies are concave in the price of gold. We show that this is consistent with fat accumulation when a firm grows wealthy. We then a...

Published: Borenstein, Severin and Joe Farrell. "Do Investors Forecast Fat Firms? Evidence from the Gold Mining Industry." Rand Journal of Economics 38 (Autumn 2007). citation courtesy of

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