The 1891 and 1906 Meat Inspection Acts privileged a special-interest group at the public’s expense. Inspection subsidies resulted in industry consolidation and higher prices to the detriment of consumers and marginal firms. The Chicago Beef Trust secured special privileges by defensively lobbying politicians to amend threatening regulatory and legislative proposals into those that provided positive benefits to Chicago’s leading meat packers.

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Patrick Newman is an assistant teaching professor of economics at the University of Tampa and a fellow of the Mises Institute.
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