IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/diw/diwvjh/74-3-5.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Economic Perspectives on Media Mergers and Consolidation

Author

Listed:
  • Anthony J. Dukes

Abstract

This article synthesizes several existing economic perspectives on the incentives for and consequences of media consolidation. Because of the two-sided nature of media markets, media mergers may lead to unexpected effects, which may not be deduced from common notions of industrial economics. We explore three such effects. In particular, we illustrate that media consolidation may lead to a reduced level of content diversity. Also, we present a recent theory that suggests conditions when a politically biased media may actually prefer competition. Finally, we illustrate how a media merger, or media consolidation in general, may lead to stiffer competition in the markets in which advertisers compete. This article is written for practitioners and regulators in the media and advertising industries. Furthermore, it is not intended to push a particular viewpoint or perspective. While non-technical, the arguments in the paper assume a background in introductory microeconomics. Dieser Artikel führt verschiedene ökonomische Sichtweisen auf Gründe für (zunehmende) Medienkonzentration und ihre Folgen zusammen. Da Medienmärkte durch die Existenz zweiseitiger Netzwerkeffekte geprägt sind, können Fusionen von Medienunternehmen zu unerwarteten Ergebnissen führen, die sich mithilfe der üblichen Konzepte der Industrieökonomik nicht erklären lassen. Im Mittelpunkt der Analyse stehen drei verschiedene Aspekte. Wir zeigen, dass (zunehmende) Medienkonzentration zu geringerer Programmvielfalt führen kann. Ferner präsentieren wir eine neue Theorie, die Bedingungen aufzeigt, unter denen es ein politisch einseitiges Medienunternehmen vorzieht, im Wettbewerb mit anderen Unternehmen zu stehen. Und schließlich zeigen wir, wie eine Medienfusion, oder generell (zunehmende) Medienkonzentration, zu stärkerem Wettbewerb in Werbemärkten führen kann. Dieser Artikel richtet sich sowohl an Praktiker der Medien- und Werbeindustrien als auch an den Gesetzgeber. Obwohl der Artikel selbst ohne eine formale Analyse auskommt, setzen die angeführten Argumente gute Kenntnisse grundlegender Mikroökonomie voraus.

Suggested Citation

  • Anthony J. Dukes, 2005. "Economic Perspectives on Media Mergers and Consolidation," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 74(3), pages 38-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwvjh:74-3-5
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://ejournals.duncker-humblot.de/doi/pdf/10.3790/vjh.74.3.38
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Jack H. Beebe, 1977. "Institutional Structure and Program Choices in Television Markets," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 91(1), pages 15-37.
    2. Simon P. Anderson & John McLaren, 2012. "Media Mergers And Media Bias With Rational Consumers," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 10(4), pages 831-859, August.
    3. Anthony Dukes, 2004. "The Adverstising Market in a Product Oligopoly," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(3), pages 327-348, September.
    4. Michael Spence & Bruce Owen, 1977. "Television Programming, Monopolistic Competition, and Welfare," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 91(1), pages 103-126.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Ralf Dewenter & Ulrich Kaiser, 2005. "Fusionen auf dem Printmedienmarkt aus wirtschaftspolitischer Sicht," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 74(3), pages 51-63.
    2. Björn Frank, 2005. "Ökonomische Argumente für publizistischen Wettbwerb," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 74(3), pages 64-72.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:diw:diwvjh:74-3-5. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Bibliothek). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/diwbede.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.