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Trade Liberalization and the Profitability of Domestic Mergers

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  • Gaudet, G.
  • Kanouni, R.

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It is often thought that a tariff reduction, by opening up the domestic market to foreign firms, should lessen the need for a policy aimed at discouraging domestic mergers. This implicitly assumes that the tariff in question is sufficently high to prevent foreign firms from selling in the domestic market. However, not all tariffs are prohibitive, so that foreign firms may be present in the domestic market before it is abolished.

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Paper provided by Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2001-28.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montec:2001-28

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Keywords: MERGERS ; ANTITRUST LEGISLATION ; FREE TRADE;

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Cited by:
  1. Ray Chaudhuri, A. & Benchekroun, H., 2008. "Welfare Effect of Mergers and Trade Liberalization," Discussion Paper 2008-009, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
  2. Ray Chaudhuri, A., 2008. "A Dynamic Model of Endogenous Mergers and Trade Liberalization," Discussion Paper 2008-005, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
  3. Martin Chalkley & Geoff Stewart, 2011. "International trade and the incentive for merger," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(13), pages 1673-1677.
  4. Calmette, Marie-Françoise, 2007. "The Effects of Trade Liberalization Between High and Low Cost Countries when Merger Behavior is Endogenous," IDEI Working Papers 394, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
  5. Kenji Fujiwara & Ngo Van Long, 2012. "Welfare Effects of Reducing Home Bias in Government Procurements: A Dynamic Contest Model," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(1), pages 137-147, 02.
  6. Martin Chalkley & Geoff Stewart, 2004. "Trade Liberalisation, Market Structure and the Incentive to Merge," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 174, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.

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