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An econometric analysis of the European Commission's merger decisions

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  • Bergman, Mats A.
  • Jakobsson, Maria
  • Razo, Carlos

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Using a sample of 96 mergers notified to the EU Commission and logit regression techniques, we analyse the Commission's decision process. We find that the probability of a phase 2 investigation and of a prohibition of the merger increases with the parties' market shares. The probability increases also when the Commission finds high entry barriers or that post-merger collusion is easy. We do not find significant effects of political variables, such as the nationality of the merging firms or the identity of the commissioner.
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  • Bergman, Mats A. & Jakobsson, Maria & Razo, Carlos, 2005. "An econometric analysis of the European Commission's merger decisions," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 23(9-10), pages 717-737, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:23:y:2005:i:9-10:p:717-737
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    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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