An Empirical Assessment of the 2004 EU Merger Policy Reform

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We evaluate the economic impact of the change in European merger legislation in 2004 and propose a general framework focusing on four different policy dimensions: predictability, decision errors, reversion of anti-competitive rents and deterrence. We find that after the reform, the predictability and the accuracy of decisions have improved. Yet, the policy shift away from prohibitions, which entail both an immediate and a deterrent effect, does not seem to be well grounded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596 - 619
JournalEconomic Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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