Working Paper No. 541

Should Mergers be Controlled?

Publicerad: December 14, 2000Antal sidor: 40Nyckelord: Endogenous Mergers & Acquisitions; Coalition Formation; Competition PolicyJEL-koder: L41; L12; C78

Should Mergers be Controlled? Sven-Olof Fridolfsson and Johan Stennek


Anticompetitive mergers benefit competitors more than the merging firms. We show that such externalities reduce firms' incentives to merge (a holdup mechanism). Firms delay merger proposals, thereby foregoing valuable profits and hoping other firms will merge instead - a war of attrition. The final result, however, is an overly concentrated market. We also demonstrate a surprising intertemporal link: Merger incentives may be reduced by the prospect of additional profitable mergers in the future. Merger control may help protect competition. Holdup and intertemporal links make policy design more difficult, however. Even reasonable policies may be worse than not controlling mergers at all.

Kollektivavtal och lönebildning i en ny tid

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 Kollektivavtal och lönebildning i en ny tid av Lars Calmfors, Simon Ek och Per Skedinger, IFN, samt Ann-Sofie Kolm, Stockholms universitet, analyseras olika sätt att göra lönebildningen mer flexibel. Analysen utmanar den etablerade synen inom partsorganisationerna på hur lönebildningen bör fungera. 

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