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On the inefficiency of merger control

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  • Gürtler, Oliver
  • Kräkel, Matthias

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According to the Merger Guidelines, the Antitrust Authority has to challenge an anticompetitive merger. These guidelines, however, neglect the parties' litigation costs during trial. We analyze under which circumstances these costs are so high that the agency's intervention is inefficient.

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  • Gürtler, Oliver & Kräkel, Matthias, 2009. "On the inefficiency of merger control," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(1), pages 53-55, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:102:y:2009:i:1:p:53-55
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    1. Thomas Giebe & Miyu Lee, 2015. "Competitors In Merger Control: Shall They Be Merely Heard Or Also Listened To?," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2015-011, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    2. Chopard, Bertrand & Cortade, Thomas & Cosnita-Langlais, Andreea, 2015. "Success and failure of bargaining in merger control: The case of asset divestitures," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 254-259.

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