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Horizontal concentration and vertical relationships / Concentration horizontale et relations verticales

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  • Marie-Laure ALLAIN
  • Saïd SOUAM

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This paper studies horizontal mergers in vertically related markets. In a two-level Cournot model, with an intermediate and a final market, we show that downstream mergers inducing size effects are, ceteris paribus, more profitable than upstream ones. Moreover, a merger at one level reduces the incentives to merge at the other level. Endogenizing the firms' decisions to merge by considering a merger game supports the previous results.

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Article provided by ENSAE in its journal Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): (2006)
Issue (Month): 82 ()
Pages: 103-127

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Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2006:i:82:p:05

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