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Retrospective Analysis of Hospital Mergers

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  • Orley Ashenfelter
  • Daniel Hosken
  • Michael Vita
  • Matthew Weinberg

Abstract

Retrospective analyses of hospital mergers may be uniquely valuable because they speak directly to two important issues - the methods used for delineating relevant geographic markets in hospital merger analysis, and the implications of not-for-profit status on post-merger hospital pricing - that have been systematically misunderstood by the courts and other policy analysts, and which likely have led to systematically biased judicial decisions. By identifying these systematic analytical errors and their implications for judicial decision making, retrospective studies of consummated hospital mergers have the capacity to greatly improve the quality of future antitrust policy making.

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  • Orley Ashenfelter & Daniel Hosken & Michael Vita & Matthew Weinberg, 2011. "Retrospective Analysis of Hospital Mergers," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 5-16.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:5-16
    DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2011.542951
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    1. Cory S. Capps & David Dranove & Shane Greenstein & Mark Satterthwaite, 2001. "The Silent Majority Fallacy of the Elzinga-Hogarty Criteria: A Critique and New Approach to Analyzing Hospital Mergers," NBER Working Papers 8216, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Kenneth Elzinga & Anthony Swisher, 2011. "Limits of the Elzinga-Hogarty Test in Hospital Mergers: The Evanston Case," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 133-146.
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    1. Schmid, Andreas & Varkevisser, Marco, 2016. "Hospital merger control in Germany, the Netherlands and England: Experiences and challenges," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 120(1), pages 16-25.

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