Date of Award

Summer 1970

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Brush, Brien C.

Second Advisor

Divine, Thomas F.


The Aluminum Industry has a stormy legal history of government actions transforming a single - seller monopoly into its present oligopolistic structure. These have far from settled the question of competition in the, Aluminum Industrv, in fact these government actions may have created more problems than they have solved. Some say that these government actions have hindered the realization of the efficiencies of size and diminished the incentives for expansion. Others argue that effective competition in the industry has yet to be achieved. The latter view appears to have predominated in the policies of government agencies, in such matters as stockpiling, tax amortization, and materials controls, and in the tenor of various Congressional investigations. The Aluminum Industry is considered as neither monopolistic, calling for antitrust action nor, as adequately competitive for a hands-off policy to be workable...