Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93871
Authors: 
Karle, Heiko
Klein, Tobias J.
Stahl, Konrad O.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper 350
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 noncontrolling 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
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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