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Merger in Contests

  • Steffen Huck
  • Kai A. Konrad
  • Wieland Müller

Competition in some markets is a contest. This paper studies the merger incentives in such markets. Merger can be profitable. The profitability depends on the post-merger contest st ructure, the discriminatory power of the contest and on the number of contestants

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 241.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_241
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