Endogenous merger formation in asymmetric markets: A reformulation and welfare analysis
AbstractThis paper analyzes endogenous merger formation in oligopolistic markets where firms have different unit production costs. We reformulate the merger model, introduced by Barros (1998), by employing the core as cooperative equilibrium concept. We show that, depending on the size asymmetry in the pre-merger market, this alternative solution concept predicts a different post-merger market structure. For intermediate size differences, it is not the most efficient firm that is generally involved in the merger but the least efficient firm. Additionally, we present a welfare analysis which shows that under a wide range of size asymmetries, endogenous merger formation has a welfare improving net effect. --
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Asymmetric endogenous mergers; Coalition formation;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
- G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
- L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
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