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Title: Big Tech Mergers

Author(s): Massimo Motta and Martin Peitz

Publication Date: January 2020

Keyword(s): Acquisitions, Antitrust, competition policy, Digital Markets and platforms

Programme Area(s): Industrial Organization

Abstract: Big tech mergers are frequently occurring events. What are the competitive effects of these mergers? With the help of a simple model we identify the acquisition of potential competitors as a pressing issue for merger control in digital industries. We also sketch a few novel theories of harm of horizontal and conglomerate mergers that are potentially relevant in digital industries. Finally, we draw some policy recommendations on how to deal with mergers in such industries.

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Motta, M and Peitz, M. 2020. 'Big Tech Mergers'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.