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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Merger and Innovation Incentives in a Differentiated Industry

Kesavayuth, Dusanee ; Lee, Sang-Ho ; Zikos, Vasileios have a paper on Merger and Innovation Incentives in a Differentiated Industry.

ABSTRACT: In this paper, we consider a duopoly with product differentiation and examine the interaction between merger and innovation incentives. The analysis reveals that a merger tends to discourage innovation, unless the investment cost is sufficiently low. This result holds whether or not side payments between firms are allowed. When side payments are permitted, a bilateral merger-to-monopoly is always profitable, a standard result in the literature. When side payments are not permitted, however, we show that a merger is not profitable when the efficiency of the new technology is relatively high and the investment cost is below a particular level.

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