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Knowledge Transfer and Partial Equity Ownership

  • Arghya Ghosh

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    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

  • Hodaka Morita

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    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

When firms form an alliance, it often involves one firm acquiring an equity stake in its alliance partner. Such an alliance weakens competition, but induces knowledge transfer between partner firms. We explore oligopoly models that capture the link between knowledge transfer and partial equity ownership (PEO), where alliance partners can choose the level of PEO to connect themselves. PEO, merger and independence are all nested in our model, where PEO can arise in equilibrium and the endogenously determined level of PEO can benefit consumers and/or society. We identify conditions under which antitrust authorities would prohibit, partially permit, or permit PEO.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2012-18.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2012-18
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