Following up a pretty long but very informative discussion with 1muflon1, I want to expand and merge with consumer surplus to have a big picture.
In research of Dasgupta, 2019 about that after antitrust, firms expand their asset growth and fund such asset expansion mainly by equity issuance. So, from my understanding, the normative theory is: anticollusion is good for consumers based on the thought of the policymakers; the positive theory is that due to the logical relation that anticollusion breaks the cartels, the market become more competitive, and consumer gain more consumer surplus, progressing consumers' advantage. And empirical result is we did some empirical result to prove that asset growth increase after laws statistically.
Is it a correct thought?