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The Trade and Welfare Effects of Mergers in Space

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  • Hartmut Egger
  • Peter Egger

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This paper analyzes the consequences of cross-border mergers in a spatial framework, thereby distinguishing three channels of influence: a price increase due to the elimination of product market competition, an adjustment in plant location which reduces overall transportation cost expenditures, and a harmonization in production costs due to a technology transfer within the firm. The welfare analysis illustrates that larger countries are better off after the merger. By contrast, smaller countries may lose, if the pre-merger production cost differential across firms is negligible and/or a post-merger technology transfer across production sites is infeasible. Furthermore, the analysis provides novel insights into the trade pattern effects of a merger. In this respect, the main result of the paper is that an adjustment of plant location in space can reverse the direction of (net) trade flows.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2217.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2217

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Keywords: spatial competition; cross-border merger; trade pattern; welfare analysis;

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  1. G. F. Gori & L. Lambertini, 2012. "Trade liberalisation between Asymmetric Countries with Environmentally Concerned Consumers," Working Papers wp824, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.

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