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Scope of Conflict in International Merger Control


  • Damien J. Neven
  • Lars-Hendrik Röller


In this paper, we analyze the scope for conflict between national merger control agencies which assert jurisdictions simultaneously. We consider a positive model of merger control in which market definition and the analysis of dominance are both explicitly specified. We find that conflict in international merger control is less likely to occur when economic integration is high. Hence, globalisation should alleviate rather than exacerbate conflict. In addition, we observe that conflict is less likely to arise between countries of different size and for extreme policy rules (very lenient or very strict) towards dominance. ZUSAMMENFASSUNG - (Die Konfliktmöglichkeiten bei internationaler Fusionskontrolle) In diesem Beitrag werden die Konfliktpotentiale zwischen Kartellbehörden untersucht. Die Analyse basiert auf einem positiven Ansatz der Fusionskontrolle, in dem die Kartellbehörde explizit modelliert wird. Es zeigt sich, daß Konflikte bei der internationalen Fusionskontrolle weniger wahrscheinlich sind, wenn Unternehmen auf integrierten Märkten konkurrieren. In diesem Sinne führt eine "Globalisierung" der Weltwirtschaft zu einer Reduzierung des Konfliktpotentials zwischen Wettbewerbsbehörden.

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  • Damien J. Neven & Lars-Hendrik Röller, 2000. "Scope of Conflict in International Merger Control," CIG Working Papers FS IV 00-14, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Research Unit: Competition and Innovation (CIG).
  • Handle: RePEc:wzb:wzebiv:fsiv00-14

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    1. Cabral, Luis M.B., 2005. "An equilibrium approach to international merger policy," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 23(9-10), pages 739-751, December.
    2. Oliver Budzinski, 2006. "An Economic Perspective on the Jurisdictional Reform of the European Merger Control System," Marburg Working Papers on Economics 200608, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
    3. Lars-Hendrik Röller & Christian Wey, 2003. "Merger Control in the New Economy," Netnomics, Springer, vol. 5(1), pages 5-20, May.
    4. Joseph A. Clougherty, 2003. "Industry Trade-Balance and Domestic Merger Policy: Some Empirical Evidence from the U.S," CIG Working Papers SP II 2003-19, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Research Unit: Competition and Innovation (CIG).

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