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Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

No 11/2012:
A Note on Upward Pricing Pressure:The possibility of false positives.

Lars Mathiesen (), Øivind Anti Nilsen () and Lars Sørgard ()

Abstract: Farrell and Shapiro proposed a simple test of the possible upward pricing pressure (UPP) following a merger. They showed that the test may give false negatives, that is, indicate that a merger may not give an UPP, while a more comprehensive test would indicate the opposite. We show that their test applied to a case with asymmetric firms may give false positives.

Keywords: Unilateral merger effects; post-merger price effects.; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: K21; L41; (follow links to similar papers)

8 pages, May 8, 2012

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