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The economic impact of merger control legislation

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  • Carletti, Elena
  • Hartmann, Philipp
  • Ongena, Steven

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We investigate the impact of legislative reforms in merger control legislation in nineteen industrial countries between 1987 and 2004. We find that strengthening merger control decreases the stock prices of non-financial firms, while increasing those of banks. Cross sectional regressions show that the discretion embedded in the supervisory control of bank mergers is a major determinant of the positive bank stock returns. One explanation is that merger control introduces “checks and balances” that mitigates the potential abuse and wasteful enforcement of supervisory control in the banking sector.

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  • Carletti, Elena & Hartmann, Philipp & Ongena, Steven, 2015. "The economic impact of merger control legislation," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 88-104.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:irlaec:v:42:y:2015:i:c:p:88-104
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irle.2015.01.004
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    Merger control; Legal institutions; Financial regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design

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