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Minority share acquisitions and collusion: evidence from the introduction of national leniency programs

Sven Heim, Kai Hueschelrath, Ulrich Laitenberger and Yossi Spiegel

No 13327, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: There is a growing concern that minority shareholding (MS) in rival firms may facilitate collusion. To examine this concern, we exploit the fact that leniency programs (LPs) are generally recognized as a shock that destabilizes collusive agreements and study the effect that the introduction of an LP has on horizontal MS acquisitions. Using data from 63 countries over the period 1990-2013, we find a large increase in horizontal MS acquisitions in the year in which an LP is introduced, especially in large rivals. The effect is present however only in countries with an effective antitrust enforcement and low levels of corruption and only when the acquisitions involve stakes of 10% - 20%. These results suggest that MS acquisitions may stabilize collusive agreements that were destabilized by the introduction of the LP.

Keywords: cartel stability; Collusion; Leniency Programs; minority shareholdings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G34 K21 L4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cfn, nep-com, nep-ind and nep-law
Date: 2018-11
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