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Mergers, cartels and leniency programs : the role of production capacities

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  • Emilie Dargaud

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    (GATE, University of Lyon, CNRS, ENS-LSH, Centre Léon Bérard, France)

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In this paper, we study the impact of a merger on collusion depending on the endowment of capital asset among firms. We show that the merger makes the collusion easier to sustain when asymmetric capital stock combines with less efficient insiders because of more symmetric conditions and closer incentive constraints. Moreover, this model allows us to determine an optimal threshold of asymmetry among insiders and outsiders such as a merger has pro-competitive effects and we compare this value with the value which would restore perfect symmetry between firms after the merger.

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Paper provided by Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure in its series Working Papers with number 0814.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:gat:wpaper:0814

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Keywords: leniency programs; merger; oligopoly supergame;

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