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Economics Letters

Threatening to Buy: Private Equity Buyouts and Antitrust Policy

Scientific Article in English
Reference
Norbäck, Pehr-Johan, Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg (2018). “Threatening to Buy: Private Equity Buyouts and Antitrust Policy”. Economics Letters 164, 31–34. doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2017.12.027

Authors
Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Lars Persson, Joacim Tåg

Private equity firms (PE firms) have become common owners of established firms in concentrated markets. We show that the threat of a PE acquisition can trigger incumbent mergers in an otherwise mergerstable industry. This can help antitrust authorities maximize consumer surplus because previously privately unprofitable—but consumer surplus-enhancing—mergers now take place. We thus predict that merger waves among incumbents should follow the development of a local PE industry.

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