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Do Retail Mergers Affect Competition? Evidence from Grocery Retailing


Daniel S. Hosken


Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission

Luke Olson


Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission

Loren Smith


Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission

December 20, 2012

Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics, Working Paper No. 313

Abstract:     
This study estimates the price effects of horizontal mergers in the U.S. grocery retailing industry. We examine fourteen regions affected by mergers including both highly concentrated and relatively unconcentrated markets. We identify price effects by comparing markets affected by mergers to unaffected markets using both difference-in-difference estimation and the synthetic control method. Our results are robust to the choice of control group and estimation technique. We find that mergers in highly concentrated markets are most frequently associated with price increases, while mergers in less concentrated markets are most often associated with price decreases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Retailing, Supermarkets, Mergers

JEL Classification: K21, L11, L40, L81

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Date posted: December 21, 2012 ; Last revised: March 6, 2013

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Hosken, Daniel S. and Olson, Luke and Smith, Loren, Do Retail Mergers Affect Competition? Evidence from Grocery Retailing (December 20, 2012). Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics, Working Paper No. 313. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2192189 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192189

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Daniel S. Hosken (Contact Author)
Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission ( email )
601 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States
Luke Olson
Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission ( email )
601 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States
Loren Smith
Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission ( email )
601 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States
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