The myth of natural monopoly

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May 15, 2011
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo  
Posted in Commentary

"It is a myth that natural-monopoly theory was developed first by economists, and then used by legislators to 'justify' franchise monopolies. The truth is that the monopolies were created decades before the theory was formalized by intervention-minded economists, who then used the theory as an ex post rationale for government intervention. At the time when the first government franchise monopolies were being granted, the large majority of economists understood that large-scale, capital-intensive production did not lead to monopoly, but was an absolutely desirable aspect of the competitive process." (05/13/11)  


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