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Fight cartels or control mergers? On the optimal allocation of enforcement efforts within competition policy

Andreea Cosnita-Langlais () and Jean-Philippe Tropeano ()

International Review of Law and Economics, 2013, vol. 34, issue C, 34-40

Abstract: This paper deals with the optimal enforcement of competition law between merger and anti-cartel policies. We examine the interaction between these two branches of antitrust, given the budget constraint of the public agency, and taking into account the ensuing incentives for firms in terms of choice between cartels and mergers. To the extent that a tougher anti-cartel action triggers more mergers and vice versa, we show that the two antitrust branches are complementary. However, if the merger's coordinated effect is taken into account, then for a sufficiently large such effect the agency may optimally have to refrain from controlling mergers and instead spend all resources on fighting cartels.

Keywords: Competition law enforcement; Antitrust; Merger control; Anti-cartel policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L41 K21 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.irle.2012.10.002

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