The history, economics, and legal background of the institutions under which U.S. industry is subject to government control. Topics: economics and practice of public utility regulation in the communications, television, transportation, energy, and postal delivery sectors and health and safety regulation. Emphasis on the application of economic concepts in evaluating the performance and policies of government agencies. Antitrust law will be introduced and discussed where necessary. Prerequisite: 51or equivalent intermediate microeconomics course.