Competition and Mergers Among Nonprofits
Journal of Competition Law & Economics, Forthcoming
18 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2010
Date Written: July 23, 2010
Should mergers among nonprofit organizations be assessed differently 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 nonprofits without examining the objectives of the owners involved.
Keywords: Nonprofits, Mergers, Antitrust, Not-for-profit sector, Owner objectives
JEL Classification: L44, L31, L22, K21
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