Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Waiting to Merge

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Eileen Fumagalli (IEFE, Universita  Bocconi) and Tore Nilssen (Economics, University of Oslo) discuss Waiting to Merge.

ABSTRACT: We set up a sequential merger to study a firm's incentives to pass up on an opportunity to merge with another firm. We find that such incentives may exist when there are efficiency gains from a merger, firms are of different sizes, there is an antitrust authority present to approve mergers, and there is sufficient alignment of interests between the antitrust authority and the firms. We point out three distinctive motives for not merging: the external-effect motive, the bargaining-power motive, and the pill-sweetening motive.

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