Recent Developments in the Assessment of Efficiencies of EU Mergers

Competition Law & Policy Debate, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2016

12 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017 Last revised: 31 Oct 2017

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Benno Buehler

Toulouse School of Economics (IDEI) ; Department of Economics - Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

Giulio Federico

Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

This paper reviews the assessment of efficiency claims in recent EU mergers. It focuses on three broad issues:

(a) whether efficiencies should be distinguished from other types of "pro-competitive effects";

(b) how to establish the pass-on to consumers from efficiencies, and to balance this against any competition harm; and

(c) the relevance and implications of the distinction between static and dynamic efficiencies.

Note: This article is made available with the permission of Claeys & Casteels Law Publishing.

Suggested Citation

Buehler, Benno and Federico, Giulio, Recent Developments in the Assessment of Efficiencies of EU Mergers (February 1, 2016). Competition Law & Policy Debate, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2999615

Benno Buehler

Toulouse School of Economics (IDEI) ( email )

Place Anatole-France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

Department of Economics - Ludwig Maximilian University Munich ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Giulio Federico (Contact Author)

Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission ( email )

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