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International aspects of merger policy: A survey

Holger Breinlich, Volker Nocke () and Nicolas Schutz ()

International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2017, vol. 50, issue C, 415-429

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions; Merger policy; Trade policy; Oligopoly; International trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F13 L13 L44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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