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On the effective design of the efficiency defence

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

Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques from Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1)

Abstract: The efficiency defence was long delayed in the European merger control due to costly implementation issues. In this paper we argue that the upstream consequences of the efficiency defence should equally be considered, namely the improvement of the distribution of notified mergers through the incentives it provides towards more efficient mergers. First of all, we show that even if the Competition Authority may not tell apart the mergers that rightfully invoke the efficiency defence from those that do not, allowing such a procedure can lead to a lower post-merger price. Secondly, we study the impact of merger remedies on the incentives conveyed by the efficiency defence, and conclude on the optimal design of the efficiency defence procedure.

Keywords: Merger control; efficiency defence; merger remedies. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L41 K21 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2006-04
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