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Mixed Duopoly, Merger and Multiproduct Firms

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  • Bárcena Ruiz, Juan Carlos
  • Garzón San Felipe, María Begoña

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The literature on mergers has extensively analyzed the decision to merge by private firms but it has not considered the decision to merge by private and public firms. We assume that when a private firm and a public firm merge (or when one of them acquires the other), they sets up a multiproduct firm in which the government owns an exogenous percentage stake. In this framework, we show that the decision to merge by firms depends on the degree to which goods are substitutes and on the percentage of the shares owned by the government in the multiproduct firm.

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Paper provided by Universidad del País Vasco - Departamento de Economía Aplicada III (Econometría y Estadística) in its series BILTOKI with number 2000-10.

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Keywords: mixed duopoly; multiproduct firm; mergers;

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