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Competition and Mergers with Strategic Data Intermediaries

Abstract : We analyze mergers between strategic data intermediaries collecting consumer information that they sell to firms competing in a product market. We show that a merger: (a) reduces the intensity of competition in the product market through a change in the selling strategies of merging intermediaries; (b) increases data collection, reducing consumer surplus through a better rent extraction. We argue that the role of Big Tech companies acting as strategic data intermediaries in the market for information should be included in antitrust analysis.
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https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03336520
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Submitted on : Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 9:22:07 AM
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David Bounie, Antoine Dubus, Patrick Waelbroeck. Competition and Mergers with Strategic Data Intermediaries. 2022. ⟨hal-03336520v2⟩

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