Strategic Trade Policy and Merger Profitability

26 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2003

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Steffen Huck

University College London - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Kai A. Konrad

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

We study the profitability incentives of mergers and the endogenous industry structure in a strategic trade policy environment. Mergers change the strategic trade policy equlilibrium. We show here that mergers can be profitable and welfare-enhancing, even though they would not be profitable in a laissez-faire economy. A key element is the change in the governments' incentives to give subsidies to their local firms. A national merger induces more strategic trade policy, whereas an international merger does not.

Keywords: Merger Incentives, Strategic Trade Policy

JEL Classification: D43, D44, F12, L11, L13

Suggested Citation

Huck, Steffen and Konrad, Kai A., Strategic Trade Policy and Merger Profitability (May 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 948. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=414040

Steffen Huck

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