University of St.Gallen
research platform alexandria
search projects
browse projects
by person
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
by year
by project type

Essays in Industrial Organization

abstract This dissertation consists of four chapters. Using data on firms in Switzerland, the first chapter shows that a reduction in trade barriers between Switzerland and the European Union results in firms which are on average less vertically integrated. This finding confirms recent work in international trade theory, predicting that a reduction in trade barriers makes vertical integration less attractive by thickening the market for intermediate input goods. The second chapter shows that a reduction in trade barriers increases concentration in certain industries. This finding supports the notion that fewer firms are able to survive as the toughness of price competition increases. The third chapter takes a closer look at mergers and acquisitions, which are an important vehicle for such changes in vertical or horizontal market structure. In the fourth chapter, recent developments in the market for Internet connectivity are analyzed.
   
keywords Switzerland, Industrial organization, Globalization, Market structure
   
partner New York University
type dissertation project
status completed
start of project 2011
end of project 2013
additional informations
topics Switzerland, Industrial organization, Globalization, Market structure
methods Econometrics, Microeconomic theory
contact Dirk Burghardt