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Mergers and Dynamic Oligopoly

  • Kwang Soo Cheong
  • Kenneth L Judd

Static oligopoly theories disagree on whether mergers are profitable. The Cournot model says that many potential mergers would be unprofitable whereas the Bertrand model says that all mergers are profitable. We show that, for economically sensible parameter values, mergers are profitable for merging firms when firms choose both price and output, using inventories to absorb differences between output and sales. Furthermore, substantial cost advantages are necessary for a merger to benefit consumers. The merger predictions of our dynamic model are most similarto predictions of static Bertrand analyses of differentiated products even though our model often behaves like the Cournot model in the long run.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 199714.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:199714
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