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Horizontal Mergers and Exit in Declining Industries

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  • Darren Filson

    (Claremont Graduate University)

  • Bunchon Songsamphant

    (Claremont Graduate University)

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Previous work on exit in declining industries has neglected mergers. We examine a simple model that predicts which declining industries experience horizontal mergers. Mergers are more likely if 1) market concentration is high; 2) the inverse demand curve is steep at high levels of output and flat at low levels of output; and 3) the industry declines slowly early on and rapidly later on. The conditions that make mergers privately profitable also tend to make them socially optimal. We test the model using U.S. manufacturing industries that declined during 1975-1995 and find some empirical support.

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Paper provided by Claremont Colleges in its series Claremont Colleges Working Papers with number 2001-13.

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  1. Mathias Erlei & Jens-Peter Springmann, 2006. "Small is Successful!?," TUC Working Papers in Economics 0005, Abteilung für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Technische Universität Clausthal (Department of Economics, Technical University Clausthal).
  2. Keith Hylton, 2011. "Brown Shoe Versus the Horizontal Merger Guidelines," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 95-106, August.
  3. Esteve-Perez, Silviano, 2005. "Exit with vertical product differentiation," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 23(3-4), pages 227-247, April.

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