Mergers

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (March 10-March 17)

This week in political economy.     A federal appeals court voided the Department of Labor's “fiduciary rule,” an Obama-era rule that instructed financial professionals like...

Why Behavioral Remedies Won't Work in the Case of AT&T-Time Warner

It is clear from the economics in the government’s complaint against the AT&T-Time Warner merger that the harms to competition articulated by the Department...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 9–Dec. 16)

This week in political economy.      House and Senate Republicans released the final version of their tax bill late Friday afternoon. The Washington Post breaks...

Will Repeal of Net Neutrality Accelerate the Trend in Media Consolidation? The History of Cable Suggests "Yes"

The history of cable and cable programming strongly suggests that without specific FCC safeguards, we can expect a massive “arms race” by providers to...

The DOJ Has a Strong Case Against the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

If the merging parties are true to their many tough public statements, and they stick the litigation out long-term, the odds are not bad...

Mergers Are Bad for Innovation

Mergers tend to reduce overall innovation, making consumers “always worse off after a merger," says Tommaso Valletti, the European Commission’s Chief Competition Economist.     As competition authorities...

Study: Politically-Connected Firms More Likely to Receive Favorable Merger Reviews from Antitrust Regulators

A new study finds that firms connected to members of the House and Senate judiciary committees are more likely to receive favorable merger reviews.     The...

How Pro-Competition Rules Can Benefit Consumers: A Look at the Wireless Industry

A new Stigler Center working paper examines the political factors that shape competition in the wireless sector around the world and finds that pro-competition rules...

Do Mergers Benefit or Harm the Economy? Q&A with Bruce Blonigen

A new paper finds that mergers allow firms to raise prices, but finds no evidence that they improve productivity or efficiency. Do large mergers benefit or harm consumers? Over...

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