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Privatization and merger in a mixed oligopoly with spatial price discrimination

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  • Guangliang Ye

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  • Wenbin Wu

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This paper is the first to investigate the impact of the presence of a public firm on the profitability of two-firm mergers in a spatial price discrimination model. The presence of the public firm may increase the set of mergers for two private firms to profitably merge. Merger increases social welfare in the presence of a public follower alone. However, privatizing the public firm never increases social welfare. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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  • Guangliang Ye & Wenbin Wu, 2015. "Privatization and merger in a mixed oligopoly with spatial price discrimination," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 54(2), pages 561-576, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:54:y:2015:i:2:p:561-576
    DOI: 10.1007/s00168-015-0666-0
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    Keywords

    L13; L32; L33;

    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out

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