Merger incentives of cost asymmetric firms under production differentiation

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dc.contributor.author Li, Xia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-24T18:10:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-24T18:10:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13627
dc.description.abstract This report examines merger incentives of cost asymmetric firms under product differentiation and their welfare implications. Considering a simple contract under which merger profit is distributed according to the proportions of differential marginal costs between duopolistic firms, we show in a stylized model that for almost all parameter ranges (in terms of market competition intensity and marginal cost differential), a low-cost firm may have no incentive to merge with a high-cost firm whereas the high-cost firm always finds merger to be profitable. Only when marginal cost differential is sufficiently low and the degree of product similarity is sufficiently high will both the low-cost firm and the high-cost firm share the common interest in merger. On the other hand, the merger equilibrium is not welfare-improving, regardless of whether the firms initially compete in quantities or prices. Viewed from the perspective of production efficiency, mergers with differentiated products thus create a fundamental conflict between the maximization of consumer and social welfare and the maximization of firm profits. We also examine the scenario that merger takes place when merger profit exceeds the sum of firm profits under duopoly, without considering how merger profit is distributed between the firms. We discuss the conditions under which mergers may or may not be welfare-improving. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Horizontal merger en_US
dc.subject Merger incentive en_US
dc.subject Welfare effect en_US
dc.subject Differentiated products en_US
dc.subject Implications for antitrust policy en_US
dc.title Merger incentives of cost asymmetric firms under production differentiation en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Yang-Ming Chang en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics (0501) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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