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  • Fumagalli, Eileen

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    (IEFE, Università Bocconi, Milan)

  • Nilssen, Tore

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

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We set up a sequential merger to study a firm's incentives to pass up on an opportunity to merge with another firm. We find that such incentives may exist when there are efficiency gains from a merger, firms are of different sizes, there is an anthitrust authority present to approve mergers, and there is sufficient alignment of interests between the antitrust authority and the firms. We point out three dstinctive motives for not merging: the external-effect motive, the bargaining-power motive, and the pill-sweetening motive.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 13/2008.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2008_013

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