Master's Theses


Economics, Finance, & Accounting

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


It was the intent of the writer to present the pro and con attitudes on the controversial question: "Why should we have fair trade legislation in the United States?" In order to present these attitudes, it was necessary to study the fair trade laws from before their enactment to present. Since the states enacted fair trade statutes prior to any Federal enactments, emphasis was placed on the state legislation. The only state fair trade laws considered were those of Kansas; although, they are very similar to other state enactments. Kansas fair trade legislation was mandatory as was most other state legislation, but the Federal legislation is merely permissive. Letters of inquiry were sent to the United States Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, and several Congressmen of Kansas. This information was used to bring the study up to date since the last Federal enactment took place in 1958. The consensus presented was that the only person who might have a need for this type of legislation would be someone who had lost his distribution channels through loss leader selling, and then the remedy should come through Unfair Competition legislation, not through fair trade legislation.


Dr. Milburn Little

Date of Award

Summer 1967

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1967 James R. Kester


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