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Title:Ownership and control in a competitive industry PDF Logo
Authors:Karle, Heiko
Klein, Tobias J.
Stahl, Konrad O.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Industrial Organisation 3380
Abstract:We study a differentiated product market in which an investor initially owns a controlling stake in one of two competing firms and may acquire a non-controlling or a controlling stake in a competitor, either directly using her own assets, or indirectly via the controlled firm. While industry profits are maximized within a symmetric two product monopoly, the investor attains this only in exceptional cases. Instead, she sometimes acquires a non-controlling stake. Or she invests asymmetrically rather than pursuing a full takeover if she acquires a controlling one. Generally, she invests indirectly if she only wants to affect the product market outcome, and directly if acquiring shares is profitable per se.
Subjects:differentiated products
separation of ownership and control
private benefits of control
JEL:L13
L41
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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