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The Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Rail Merger: A Retrospective on Merger Benefits

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  • Breen Denis A.

    () (Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission)

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This retrospective case study of merger efficiencies focuses on the 1996 merger of two large, U.S. rail networks. Information on the public record permits some evaluation of pre-merger efficiency claims, and the weighing of those claims against regulatory and antitrust standards. Access to additional public and non-public information also permits at least a preliminary determination that a number of the claimed efficiencies were plausibly merger-specific and actually realized post-merger. This is contrary to skepticism expressed about merger efficiency claims, both generally and with respect to this particular rail merger, and thereby illustrates the value of doing retrospective studies of merger outcomes.

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  • Breen Denis A., 2004. "The Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Rail Merger: A Retrospective on Merger Benefits," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 3(3), pages 1-40, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:3:y:2004:i:3:n:3
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    Cited by:

    1. Ivaldi, Marc & McCullough, Gerard, 2005. "Welfare Trade-Offs in US Rail Mergers," CEPR Discussion Papers 5000, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. R. Pittman, 2009. "Railway Mergers and Railway Alliances: Competition Issues and Lessons for Other Network Industries," Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Intersentia, vol. 10(3), pages 259-279, September.
    3. Tenn, Steven & Yun, John M., 2011. "The success of divestitures in merger enforcement: Evidence from the J&J-Pfizer transaction," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 273-282, March.
    4. Orley Ashenfelter & Daniel Hosken & Matthew Weinberg, 2014. "Did Robert Bork Understate the Competitive Impact of Mergers? Evidence from Consummated Mergers," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 57(S3), pages 67-100.

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