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Cross-Border Mergers and National Champions in an Integrating Economy

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  • Jens Südekum

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We present a simple oligopolistic model with three countries and illustrate the strategic aspects of merger policy. Mergers can be used to appropriate rents on consumptive third markets, even when the trade policy of these countries reacts endogenously. Competition policy inside the bloc of the two producing countries is too permissive towards mergers and acquisitions. A policy of cross-border mergers (European champions) need not imply a conflict between regional and global welfare. In contrast, the promotion of national champions may be in the interest of individual countries, but global welfare is always adversely affected.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 164 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 477-508

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200809)164:3_477:cmanci_2.0.tx_2-2

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Cited by:
  1. Andreas Haufler & Christian Schulte, 2007. "Merger Policy and Tax Competition," CESifo Working Paper Series 2157, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Andreas Haufler & Christian Schulte, 2011. "Merger policy and tax competition: the role of foreign firm ownership," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 121-145, April.
  3. Luís Santos-Pinto, 2009. "The Impact of Firm Size and Market Size Asymmetries on National Mergers in a Three-Country Model," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 09.06, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
  4. Lommerud, Kjell Erik & Olsen, Trond E. & Straume, Odd Rune, 2006. "Cross border mergers and strategic trade policy with two-part taxation: is international policy coordination beneficial?," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance SP II 2006-24, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  5. Santos-Pinto, Luís, 2010. "The impact of firm cost and market size asymmetries on national mergers in a three-country model," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 682-694, November.

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