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Merger Profitability in Unionized Oligopoly

  • Lommerud, K.E.
  • Straume, O.R.
  • Sorgard, L.

We examine how a merger affects wages of unionized labour and, in turn, the profitability of a merger under both Cournot and Bertrand competition. If unions are plant-specific, we find that a merger is more profitable than in a corresponding model with exogenous wages. In contrast to the received literature, we find that it can be more profitable to take part in a merger than being an outsider. For firm-specific unions, on the orther hand, results are reversed.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bergen in its series Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen with number 1000.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bereco:1000
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