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Cross-Border Mergers and National Champions in an Integrating Economy

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  • Suedekum, Jens

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    (University of Duisburg-Essen)

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We introduce a simple oligopolistic trade model with international transportation costs, and analyze the profitability and the social desirability of national vs. international mergers in relation to three different issues, (i) the level of trade freeness, (ii) the possibility of rent appropriation on world markets, and (iii) direct “synergy” effects of mergers. Cross-border M&A is privately and socially more attractive than domestic mergers. National competition policy may be too permissive towards M&A, because it does not take into account the negative impact of decreasing competition on world consumer surplus. We also discuss the normative implications of “national champions”. The promotion of national mergers can be in the interest of individual countries if rent extraction possibilities are strong enough, but global welfare is adversely affected.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2220.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 2008, 164 (3), 477-508
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2220

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Keywords: economic integration; mergers; national champions; international trade;

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  1. Haufler, Andreas & Schulte, Christian, 2007. "Merger Policy and Tax Competition," Discussion Papers in Economics 2074, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Andreas Haufler & Christian Schulte, 2011. "Merger policy and tax competition: the role of foreign firm ownership," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 121-145, April.
  3. Santos-Pinto, Luís, 2009. "The Impact of Firm Size and Market Size Asymmetries on National Mergers in a Three-Country Model," MPRA Paper 17166, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Santos-Pinto, Luís, 2010. "The impact of firm cost and market size asymmetries on national mergers in a three-country model," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 682-694, November.
  5. Lommerud, Kjell Erik & Olsen, Trond E. & Straume, Odd Rune, 2006. "Cross border mergers and strategic trade policy with two-part taxation: is international policy coordination beneficial?," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance SP II 2006-24, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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