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Bilateral merger in a leadership structure

  • Tarun Kabiraj

    (Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, India)

  • Arijit Mukherjee

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Keele University, Keele,)

In an oligopoly industry of k firms (k > 2) with linear demand and identical (constant) average cost of production, a bilateral merger is never profitable when all firms choose their quantities simultaneously. In this paper we reexamine the issue when some firms have first-mover advantage. We find that in a leader-follower structure a bilateral merger is always profitable when a leader and a follower merge together and the merged firm behaves like a leader. But, a bilateral merger between leaders or between followers may not be privately profitable.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Keele University in its series Keele Department of Economics Discussion Papers (1995-2001) with number 2001/04.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2001
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Quantitative Economics, New Series, 1 (Old Series, (2001) 17): 82 - 88 (2003).
Handle: RePEc:kee:keeldp:2001/04
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