Merger Policy to Promote 'Global Players'? A Simple Model

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Andreas Haufler

University of Munich - Seminar for Economic Policy; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Soren Bo Nielsen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: August 2005

Abstract

We use a simple framework where firms in two countries serve their respective domestic markets and a world market to analyze under which conditions cost-reducing mergers will be beneficial for the merging firms, the home country, and the world as a whole. For a national merger, the policies enacted by a national merger authority tend to be overly restrictive from a global efficiency perspective. In contrast, all international mergers that benefit the merging firms will be cleared by either a national or a regional regulator, and this laissez-faire approach is also globally efficient. Finally, we derive the properties of the endogenous merger equilibrium.

Keywords: merger policy, international trade

JEL Classification: L41, F13, H77

Suggested Citation

Haufler, Andreas and Nielsen, Soren Bo, Merger Policy to Promote 'Global Players'? A Simple Model (August 2005). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1523. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=812308

Andreas Haufler (Contact Author)

University of Munich - Seminar for Economic Policy ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Soren Bo Nielsen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics ( email )

Porcelænshaven 16 A, 1
Frederiksberg C, DK-2000
Denmark

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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