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Mergers and Investments in New Products

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  • Jullien, Bruno
  • Lefouili, Yassine

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We investigate the impact of a horizontal merger between two competitors on their incentives to develop new products. We show that a merger raises the incentives to innovate if and only if the merged entity's incremental gain from a second innovation is larger than the individual profit of an innovator when both firms innovate in the no-merger scenario. Applying this result to the Hotelling model, we find that a merger spurs innovation and can be beneficial to consumers if the degree of product differentiation is positive but not too high.

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  • Jullien, Bruno & Lefouili, Yassine, 2018. "Mergers and Investments in New Products," TSE Working Papers 18-949, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
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    Keywords

    Merger Policy; Product Innovation; R&D Investments;

    JEL classification:

    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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