Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law
Competition: Spring 2021, Vol 31, No. 1
- A Conversation About Diversity, Racism and Equality In the Legal Profession
- A Conversation With California Supreme Court Justice Joshua P. Groban
- Antitrust Analysis of Frand Licensing Post-ftc v. Qualcomm
- Big Antitrust Trial: Newyork v. Deutsche Telekom Ag (S.D.N.Y.)
- Chair's Column
- Damage Methodology Trends Within False Advertising and Product Defect Class Actions
- Diversity and Inclusion In the Legal Profession: a Missed Opportunity For the Antitrust Practice
- Editor's Notes
- Perspectives On the Role of Antitrust Law In Social Justice
- Recent Developments In California Competition and Privacy Law
- Recent Developments In Federal Antitrust Law
- The Correlation Between Antitrust Enforcement and Gender Equality
THE CORRELATION BETWEEN ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY
By Amy T. Brantly1 and Jennifer M. Oliver2
I. "BIGNESS" AND INCLUSION: DOES ONE AFFECT THE OTHER?
America’s monopolies, duopolies and oligopolies, and its citizens’ increasing reliance on their services, are drawing scrutiny at levels unseen for more than a century. Like industrial concentration, gender inequality, and especially economic inequality, is similarly a well-known cause of increasing concern in this country.
Parallels can be drawn between gender inequality and behavior from America’s dominant firms. Gender and competition policy are inextricably intertwined; persistent unjust discrimination in a concentrated market may be a by-product of market power. Dominant firms exclude new entrants from a market, whereas gender inequity and biases exclude women from full participation in the economy and workplace. Gender inequity and biases can deprive firms of the benefits of women’s diverse experiences and viewpoints, just as monopolies and their ilk can deprive consumers of the benefits of innovative new competitors.