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Merger, partial collusion and relocation

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  • Posada, Pedro

    (University of Warwick)

  • Odd Rune Straume

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We set up a three-firm model of spatial competition to analyse how a merger affects the incentives for relocation, and conversely, how the possibility of relocation affects the profitability of the merger, particularly for the non-participating firm. The analysis is carried out for the assumptions of both mill pricing and price discrimination, and we also consider the case of partial collusion. For the case of mill pricing, a merger will generally induce the merger participants to relocate, but the direction of relocation is ambiguous, and dependent on the degree of convexity in the consumers' transportation cost function. We also identify a set of parameter values for which the free-rider effect of a merger vanishes, implying that the possibility of relocation could solve the `merger paradox', even in the absence of price discrimination.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 with number 167.

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Keywords: spatial competition; merger; relocation; partial collusion;

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  1. Cosnita-Langlais, Andreea, 2012. "Horizontal market concentration: Theoretical insights from spatial models," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(1), pages 22-32.
  2. Stefano Colombo, 2011. "Pricing Policy and Partial Collusion," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 325-349, December.
  3. Kurt R. Brekke & Luigi Siciliani & Odd Rune Straume, 2014. "Horizontal Mergers and Product Quality," NIPE Working Papers 07/2014, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
  4. Steffen Huck & Kai A. Konrad & Wieland Müller, 2005. "Merger without Cost Advantages," CESifo Working Paper Series 1461, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Alexander Rasch, 2012. "A note on mergers and relocation," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 107(3), pages 277-282, November.
  6. Egger, Hartmut & Egger, Peter, 2010. "The trade and welfare effects of mergers in space," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 210-220, July.
  7. John Heywood & Guangliang Ye, 2013. "Sequential entry and merger in spatial price discrimination," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 50(3), pages 841-859, June.
  8. Alain Egli, 2005. "On Stability in Competition: Tying and Horizontal Product Differentiation," Diskussionsschriften dp0501, Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft.
  9. Rasch, Alexander & Wambach, Achim, 2009. "Internal decision-making rules and collusion," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 72(2), pages 703-715, November.

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