Mergers control: reconsideration of the structural analysis

1 April 2012 par dans Competition, Publications

By Laurent Benzoni and Julien Pellefigue.

Since the 1980s, economists have focused on behavioral analysis. This approach has contributed to the development of regulations on mergers control, decreasing the importance of structural analysis in favor of the study on unilateral and coordinated effects, as shown by the latest version of the U.S. Merger Guidelines which give a limited role to structural analysis.

According to the author, it is now time to reconsider structural analysis and supplement the effects analysis by using tools such as the Lynda index on oligopolistic markets.

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