Discussion paper

DP15066 Mergers with Differentiated Products: Where do we Stand?

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 2010 U.S. Horizontal Merger Guidelines, this article provides an overview of the state of economic analysis of unilateral effects in mergers with differentiated products. Drawing on our experience with merger enforcement in Europe, we discuss both static and dynamic competition, with a special emphasis on the calibration of competitive effects. We also discuss the role of market shares and structural presumptions in differentiated product markets.


Valletti, T and H Zenger (2020), ‘DP15066 Mergers with Differentiated Products: Where do we Stand?‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 15066. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp15066