Cooperative merger and joint maximization under sequential entry
John S Heywood
This paper explores the concept of cooperative merger between two of three entrants that arrive sequentially in a spatial market and practise discriminatory pricing. In this framework, in contrast to much of the theoretical literature, the so-called 'merger paradox' can be comprehensively overturned. We compare our results with those arising when one firm stategically locates two plants. Although this second problem is superficially similar to the first, the underlying behaviour and implications differ in crucial respects. The welfare consequences of all our results are demonstrated.
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