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International aspects of merger policy: A survey

Breinlich, Holger, Nocke, Volker and Schutz, Nicolas (2016) International aspects of merger policy: A survey International Journal of Industrial Organization, 50. pp. 415-429.

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This paper surveys the literature on merger policy in open economies. We first adopt a reduced-form approach to derive general insights on the scope for conflict between national antitrust authorities and on the gains from international merger policy coordination. Taking trade costs as given, we use standard oligopoly models to derive conditions on market structure, under which underenforcement or overenforcement of national merger policies can arise. We then study the interactions between merger policy and trade policy, and find that trade liberalization often leads to stricter national merger policies. We conclude by discussing empirical evidence on conflict between antitrust authorities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
Nocke, Volker
Schutz, Nicolas
Date : 11 May 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2016.05.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Mergers and acquisitions; Merger policy; Trade policy; Oligopoly; International trade
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 May 2018 10:02
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:10

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