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Competition and Mergers Among Nonprofits

Jens Prufer

Tilburg University - CentER; Tilburg University - Department of Economics; Tilburg University - Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

March 8, 2010

TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2007-022
CentER Discussion Paper No. 2007-82

Should mergers among nonprofi t organizations be assessed diff erently than mergers among for-profit firms? A recent debate in law and economics, boosted by apparently one-sided court decisions, has produced the result that promoting competition is socially valuable regardless of the particular objectives of producers. In this paper, I challenge the general validity of this result by showing that it may indeed depend on the particular objectives of producers whether a merger between two nonprofits is welfare decreasing or increasing. This implies that it is impossible to assess the net effects of a merger between two nonprofi ts without examining the objectives of the owners involved.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Nonprofits; Mergers; Antitrust; Not-for-profit Sector; Owner Objectives

JEL Classification: L44, L31, L22, K21

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Date posted: August 16, 2007 ; Last revised: January 30, 2014

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Prufer, Jens, Competition and Mergers Among Nonprofits (March 8, 2010). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2007-022; CentER Discussion Paper No. 2007-82. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1006762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1006762

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Jens Prufer (Contact Author)
Tilburg University - CentER ( email )
P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Tilburg University - Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )
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Tilburg, 5000 LE
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