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An Econometric-Driven Merger Simulation: Considerations and Application

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  • T. Randolph Beard
  • George Ford
  • Richard Saba

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In this paper, we offer a hybrid approach to merger simulation in which we allow rather extensive pre-testing to suggest the 'correct', or most desirable, form for the underlying demand curves. Our application is the merger between the large mobile telephone companies Cingular and AT&T Wireless in 2004. While a somewhat novel approach, our findings are not radical in any way, so the econometric determination of demand forms does not appear to produce novel conclusion per se. That said, allowing the data to inform the researcher about the appropriate form of demand seems a worthwhile effort for merger simulations, data permitting.

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  • T. Randolph Beard & George Ford & Richard Saba, 2006. "An Econometric-Driven Merger Simulation: Considerations and Application," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 217-228.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:13:y:2006:i:2:p:217-228
    DOI: 10.1080/13571510600784466
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    1. James G. MacKinnon, 2002. "Bootstrap inference in econometrics," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 35(4), pages 615-645, November.
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