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International trade and the incentive for merger

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This article examines the profitability of horizontal merger in an open economy with Cournot competition. We find that duopoly is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for domestic merger to be profitable. A cross-border merger, however, can be profitable from any market structure.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Economic Studies, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK 2: Economics Division, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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