Mergers in Cournot Markets with Environmental Externality and Product Differentiation
Due to the extensive work on why mergers take place our understanding of merger incentives has improved. However, there are not many studies examining how differences in pollution parameters between post- and pre-merger markets affect the attractiveness of merger deals. This study examines conditions under which the attractiveness of a merger deal increases in a Cournot market with product differentiation and environmental externality. Our findings suggest that, (i) the attractiveness of a deal increases as products become more differentiated, (ii) merger deals could result in lower optimal emission tax post-merger, (iii) the attractiveness of a deal is more likely to increase if the merged entity is not too pollution-intensive post-merger relative to its pre-merger pollution intensity; and (iv) when merged entities modify products to be greener, they are more likely to benefit more from the deal if they are not too pollution-intensive.
Fikru, M. G., & Gautier, L. (2016). Mergers in Cournot Markets with Environmental Externality and Product Differentiation. Resource and Energy Economics, 45, pp. 65-79. Elsevier B.V..
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.reseneeco.2016.06.004
Keywords and Phrases
Cleaner technology; Emission tax; Mergers and acquisitions; Product differentiation
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01 Aug 2016