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Horizontal Mergers, Structural Remedies, And Consumer Welfare In A Cournot Oligopoly With Assets

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  • THIBAUD VERGÉ

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Competition authorities sometimes require that firms divest some of their assets to rivalsin order to allow a merger to take place. This paper extends the results of Farrell andShapiro [1990a] and shows that, in the absence of technological synergies, a merger ishighly unlikely to benefit consumers, even if it is subjected to appropriate structuralremedies. For instance, a merger may ultimately lead to a lower price only if at leasttwo different firms acquire the divested assets, and if the merging parties had relativelyimportant pre-merger market shares.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal The Journal of Industrial Economics.

Volume (Year): 58 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 723-741

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:58:y:2010:i:4:p:723-741

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  1. Dertwinkel-Kalt, Markus & Wey, Christian, 2012. "The effects of remedies on merger activity in oligopoly," DICE Discussion Papers 81, Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
  2. Silvester Van Koten & Andreas Ortmann, 2011. "Structural versus Behavioral Remedies in the Deregulation of Electricity Markets: An Experimental Investigation Guided by Theory and Policy Concerns," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp437, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.
  3. Andreea Cosnita & Jean-Philippe Tropeano, 2006. "On the effective design of the efficiency defence," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques v06030, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
  4. Federico, Giulio & López, Ángel L., 2013. "Optimal asset divestments with homogeneous products," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 12-25.
  5. Emilie Dargaud, 2013. "Horizontal mergers, efficiency gains and remedies," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 36(2), pages 349-372, October.

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