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A test of the market power hypothesis using horizontal mergers

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A test of the market power hypothesis using horizontal mergers

Long, Yuan Yuan (2003) A test of the market power hypothesis using horizontal mergers. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis tests the effects of merger proposal and antitrust complaint announcements on the abnormal performance of acquirers, targets, and their horizontal rivals. The market power hypothesis is examined for a sample of 195 horizontal mergers (152 unchallenged and 43 challenged) and their horizontal rivals. The predictions of the market power and economic efficiency hypotheses are that the bidder and target firms generate positive and negative (or zero) abnormal returns relative to the merger proposal and antitrust complaint announcements, respectively. These hypotheses also predict the sign for the horizontal rivals with regard to both announcements. Our evidence does not support the market power hypothesis since the performance of horizontal rivals exhibit positive abnormal returns over the merger proposal period and zero abnormal returns over the antitrust complaint announcement. Such abnormal returns are consistent with the information model of the economic efficiency hypothesis.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Long, Yuan Yuan
Pagination:ix, 60 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.Sc.Admin.)
Program:John Molson School of Business
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Kryzanowski, Lawrence D
ID Code:2187
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:26
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:25
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