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Industry Concentration and Welfare: On the Use of Stock Market Evidence from Horizontal Mergers

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  • SVEN-OLOF FRIDOLFSSON
  • JOHAN STENNEK

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There is diverging empirical evidence on the competitive effects of horizontal mergers: consumer prices (and thus presumably competitors' profits) often rise while competitors' share prices fall. Our model of endogenous mergers provides a possible reconciliation. It is demonstrated that anti-competitive mergers may reduce competitors' share prices, if the merger announcement informs the market that the competitors lost a race to buy the target. Also the use of 'first rumour' as an event may create similar problems of interpretation. We also indicate how the event-study methodology may be adapted to identify competitive effects and thus the welfare consequences for consumers. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2009.

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 77 (2010)
Issue (Month): 308 (October)
Pages: 734-750

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:77:y:2010:i:308:p:734-750

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