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Mergers in Multidimensional Competition




Horizontal mergers are often driven by the desire to exploit R&D complementarities. We investigate the positive features of such a merger when oligopolists compete both in process R&D and on the product market. For a non-trivial degree of R&D complementarity, we show that the merger has the following intuitively appealing features independently of the strategic variable in market competition: insiders benefit; outsiders are harmed; and insiders end up larger than outsiders. These results contrast with those of traditional models of merger to achieve market power alone, which are known to be counterintuitive and sensitive to the mode of product market competition. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2007.

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  • Carl Davidson & Ben Ferrett, 2007. "Mergers in Multidimensional Competition," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 74(296), pages 695-712, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:74:y:2007:i:296:p:695-712

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    1. Davidson, Carl & Mukherjee, Arijit, 2007. "Horizontal mergers with free entry," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 157-172, February.
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    3. Petrakis, Emmanuel & Moreno Ruiz, Diego & Cabolis, C. & Manasakis, C., 2016. "R&D investments fostering horizontal mergers," UC3M Working papers. Economics 23280, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.
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    10. Foreman-Peck, James & Nicholls, Tom, 2008. "Peripherality and the Impact of SME Takeovers," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2008/9, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section, revised Jul 2012.
    11. Sebastian Linde & Ralph Siebert, 2016. "Do Mergers Among Multimarket Firms Create Value?," CESifo Working Paper Series 6139, CESifo Group Munich.

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