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Ownership and control in a competitive industry

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  • Karle, Heiko
  • Klein, Tobias J.
  • Stahl, Konrad O.

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We study a differentiated product market in which an investor initially owns a controlling stake in one of two competing firms and may acquire a non-controlling or a controlling stake in a competitor, either directly using her own assets, or indirectly via the controlled firm. While industry profits are maximized within a symmetric two product monopoly, the investor attains this only in exceptional cases. Instead, she sometimes acquires a noncontrolling stake. Or she invests asymmetrically rather than pursuing a full takeover if she acquires a controlling one. Generally, she invests indirectly if she only wants to affect the product market outcome, and directly if acquiring shares is profitable per se. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 11-071.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:11071

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Keywords: differentiated products; separation of ownership and control; private benefits of control;

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  1. Hunold, Matthias & Röller, Lars-Hendrik & Stahl, Konrad O, 2012. "Backwards Integration and Strategic Delegation," CEPR Discussion Papers 8910, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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