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On merger in a collusive Stackelberg market

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  • Marc Escrihuela-Villar

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This note shows that the profitability of a merger between a leader and a follower in a Stackelberg market crucially depends on the degree of collusion among leaders. When leaders cut production in order to raise the price, followers have lower incentives to merge with the leaders since by standing alone they can free ride on the output-reducing effort of the cartel formed by the leaders. As a consequence, one might expect that followers will only be absorbed by leaders if the competition among leaders is sufficiently intense.

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  • Marc Escrihuela-Villar, 2013. "On merger in a collusive Stackelberg market," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(3), pages 2394-2401.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-13-00370
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    1. Gamal Atallah, 2015. "Multi-Firm Mergers with Leaders and Followers," Working Papers E1501E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Degree of collusion; Stackelberg; Mergers;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies

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