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Ownership and Control in a Competitive Industry

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  • Karle, H.
  • Klein, T.J.
  • Stahl, K.O.

    (Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economics Center)

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We study a differentiated product market in which an investor initially owns a controlling stake in one of two competing firms and may acquire a non-controlling or a controlling stake in a competitor, either directly using her own assets, or indirectly via the controlled firm. While industry profits are maximized within a symmetric two product monopoly, the investor attains this only in exceptional cases. Instead, she sometimes acquires a noncontrolling stake. Or she invests asymmetrically rather than pursuing a full takeover if she acquires a controlling one. Generally, she invests indirectly if she only wants to affect the product market outcome, and directly if acquiring shares is profitable per se.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center in its series Discussion Paper with number 2011-013.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubtil:2011013

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Keywords: Differentiated products; separation of ownership and control; private benefits;

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  1. Hunold, Matthias & Röller, Lars-Hendrik & Stahl, Konrad, 2012. "Backwards integration and strategic delegation," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-022, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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