Thursday, October 30, 2014
Adrian J. Proctor, TACIT COLLUSION INDICATORS IN MERGER CONTROL UNDER VARIED FOCAL POINTS.
ABSTRACT: This article discusses how different focal points in a market can lead to different collusive agreements and how merger analysis can identify markets that may be vulnerable to these potential agreements. Focal points based on customer allocation and geographic markets are considered with recent U.K. examples of this type of analysis. The focal point that firms are using for coordination can affect both the transparency required to maintain coordination and how targeted or effective any punishment for deviation can be.