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A Note on Upward Pricing Pressure:The possibility of false positives

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  • Mathiesen, Lars

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    (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Nilsen, Øivind Anti

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Sørgard, Lars

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

Farrell and Shapiro proposed a simple test of the possible upward pricing pressure (UPP) following a merger. They showed that the test may give false negatives, that is, indicate that a merger may not give an UPP, while a more comprehensive test would indicate the opposite. We show that their test applied to a case with asymmetric firms may give false positives.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Paper Series in Economics with number 11/2012.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 08 May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhheco:2012_011

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Keywords: Unilateral merger effects; post-merger price effects.;

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