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Empirical Evidence on Vertical Foreclosure

  • Rosengren, Eric S
  • Meehan, James W, Jr

Recent papers have shown conditions under which vertical mergers can result in anticompetitive foreclosure of unintegrated rivals. One implication of these models is that a necessary condition for anticompetitive foreclosure is that unintegrated rival firms are less profitable after a vertical merger. The authors test this hypothesis by examining the stock prices of unintegrated rivals at the time of a vertical merger announcement and at the time of a government antitrust complaint. They find no evidence to support the foreclosure hypothesis. Copyright 1994 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 32 (1994)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 303-17

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:32:y:1994:i:2:p:303-17
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  1. Ordover, Janusz A & Saloner, Garth & Salop, Steven C, 1990. "Equilibrium Vertical Foreclosure," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(1), pages 127-42, March.
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