Mergers, Investment Decisions and Internal Organisation
41 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2003
Date Written: December 2004
We analyse the effects of investment decisions and firms' internal organisation on the efficiency and stability of horizontal mergers. In our framework synergies are endogenous and there might be internal conflict within merged firms. We show that often stable mergers do not lead to more efficiency and may even lead to efficiency losses. These mergers lead to lower welfare, suggesting that a regulator should be careful in assuming that possible efficiency gains of a merger will be effectively realised. Moreover, the paper offers a possible explanation for merger failures.
Keywords: Horizontal Mergers, Investment, Efficiency Gains, Internal Conflict
JEL Classification: L22, D43
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