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courts have issued consent decrees requiring large companies to break up

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Numerous times in history, the courts have issued consent decrees requiring large companies to break up into smaller competing companies for violating the antitrust laws. The two best knows examples are AT&T in the 1980's and Microsoft 20 years later. (AT&T was broken up into the "Baby Bells", but the Microsoft breakup was successfully appealed, and the breakup never occured.) Many argue that breaking up a monopoly is a Pareto-efficient change. This interpretation cannot be so because breaking up a monopoly makes it's owners (or shareholders) worse off.;In full detail, explain why you agree or disagree.

 

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