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The Competitive Effects of Not-for-Profit Hospital Mergers: A Case Study

  • Vita, Michael G
  • Sacher, Seth
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    Applying conventional horizontal merger enforcement rules to nonprofit hospitals is controversial. Critics contend that the different objective function of not-for-profits entities should mitigate competitive concerns about mergers involving nonprofit hospitals. We analyze a merger that reduced the number of competitors (both nonprofit) in the alleged relevant market from three to two. We find that the transaction was followed by significant price increases; we reject the hypothesis that these price increases reflect higher post-merger quality. This study should help policymakers assess the validity of current merger enforcement rules, especially as they apply to not-for-profit enterprises. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Industrial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 63-84

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:49:y:2001:i:1:p:63-84
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