A Study of Exclusionary Coalitions: The Canadian Sugar Coalition, 1888–1889

33 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019 Last revised: 26 Aug 2021

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John Asker

UCLA

C. Scott Hemphill

New York University School of Law

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Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

In this paper we examine exclusion accomplished by a coalition of firms—frequently, a coalition of suppliers and customers—that share the benefits of exclusion. As a particular historical example, we study the Canadian sugar industry of the 1880s, which was controlled by a complex coalition of refiners and wholesalers. We assess the incentives and conduct of the parties as revealed in the records of a House of Commons inquiry into anticompetitive practices in the industry. Drawing upon this example, we identify and evaluate several doctrinal approaches to establishing antitrust liability for anticompetitive exclusionary coalitions.

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Asker, John William and Hemphill, C. Scott, A Study of Exclusionary Coalitions: The Canadian Sugar Coalition, 1888–1889 (May 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3391009

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