A dynamic model of endogenous horizontal mergers

Gautam Gowrisankaran

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I develop a dynamic model of mergers, where mergers, investment, entry, and exit are endogenous variables rationally chosen by firms to maximize expected future profits. This model differs from previous analyses in that it incorporates dynamics and endogenizes the merger process. The model generates reasonable predictions: allowing for mergers has the expected effect on entry, exit, investment, and surpluses; changes in tastes and technologies affect industry equilibrium in plausible ways. The results demonstrate that this type of analysis is feasible and can potentially be used as a tool for antitrust policy analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-83
Number of pages28
JournalRAND Journal of Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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