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The Effects of Horizontal Mergers on Competition: The Case of the Northern Securities Company

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Several recent articles have studied the competitive effects of horizontal mergers by examining rival firms' stock price reactions to the merger announcement and subsequent antitrust challenge. These articles have consistently failed to find any evidence of anticompetitive effects. This article considers two alternative explanations for the previous findings, and it sheds some new light on the issue by presenting a case study of the merger that resulted in the formation of the Northern Securities Company in 1901.

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  • Robin A. Prager, 1992. "The Effects of Horizontal Mergers on Competition: The Case of the Northern Securities Company," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 23(1), pages 123-133, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:23:y:1992:i:spring:p:123-133
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    1. Bittlingmayer, George & Hazlett, Thomas W., 2000. "DOS Kapital: Has antitrust action against Microsoft created value in the computer industry?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(3), pages 329-359, March.
    2. Valérie Moatti & Charlotte R. Ren & Jaideep Anand & Pierre Dussauge, 2015. "Disentangling the performance effects of efficiency and bargaining power in horizontal growth strategies: An empirical investigation in the global retail industry," Strategic Management Journal, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(5), pages 745-757, May.
    3. Svetlana B. Avdasheva & Dina V. Tsytsulina, 2014. "The Effects Of Competition Policy: Merger Approval, Entry Barrier Removal, Antitrust Enforcement Compared," HSE Working papers WP BRP 34/FE/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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