Monday, June 5, 2017

The Use of Quantitative Economic Techniques in EU Merger Control

Buettner, Thomas ; Federico, Giulio ; Lorincz, Szabolcs examine The Use of Quantitative Economic Techniques in EU Merger Control.

ABSTRACT: In some recent merger cases the European Commission has relied on quantitative economic techniques in the competitive assessment of horizontal mergers. These techniques have ranged from the use of merger simulation models (for both differentiated and homogenous goods), to the deployment of direct estimation methods to study the effects of relevant events in the past. This article describes the appropriate use of these quantitative techniques, and it explains the rationale for the reliance on these methods. It also explains why the evidence from economic modelling is complementary to more traditional qualitative evidence on the expected impact of horizontal mergers.

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