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An Empirical Analysis of Mexican Merger Policy

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  • Marcos Avalos

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  • Rafael E. De Hoyos

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A newly created dataset including 239 decisions made by the Mexican Federal Competition Commission on horizontal mergers between 1997 and 2001 is used to estimate the different factors affecting the Commission's resolution. The paper approximates the decision making process using two different discrete choice models. The results indicate that, contrary to the Commission's objective, the presence of efficiency gains increases the probability of a case being issued. The findings also show that factors different from the ones explicitly mentioned by the Commission have a significant effect on the Commission's final decision. In particular, the presence of a foreign company among the would-be merger firms significantly increases the likelihood of observing an allowed merger.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 113-130

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:32:y:2008:i:2:p:113-130

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Keywords: Competition Commission; Mexican Merger Policy; L51; D43; C35;

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  1. Sunel Grimbeek & Steven F. Koch & Richard J. Grimbeek, 2012. "The Consistency of Merger Decisions in a Developing Country: The South African Competition Commission," Working Papers 286, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  2. Robert Breunig & Flavio M. Menezes & Kelvin Jui Keng Tan, 2012. "An Empirical Investigation of the Mergers Decision Process in Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 88(283), pages 459-475, December.

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