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Governance, Regulation, and Privatization in the Asia-Pacific Region$
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Takatoshi Ito and Anne O. Krueger

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226386799

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226386966.001.0001

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Antitrust Merger Policy Lessons from the Australian Experience

Antitrust Merger Policy Lessons from the Australian Experience

(p.35) 2 Antitrust Merger Policy Lessons from the Australian Experience
Governance, Regulation, and Privatization in the Asia-Pacific Region

Philip L. Williams

Graeme Woodbridge

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the following question: If a nation is contemplating antitrust merger policy, does the experience of Australia offer any guidance as to how value might be maximized? In drawing on Australia's experience, it focuses on the success of Australian policy in distinguishing between mergers that enhance efficiency and mergers that enhance monopoly power. Two criteria are necessary for antitrust merger policy to enhance value. First, the criteria for assessing mergers should direct the regulators or the courts to allow those mergers that promote economic efficiency and to disallow those mergers that promote monopoly power. Second, the process of assessment should be able to be conducted in a way that maintains confidentiality (until the merger is made public by the firms involved) and is speedy. The chapter explains the formal processes of Australian antitrust merger policy and how it performs against these twin sets of criteria. Two commentaries are also included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   Australia, antitrust merger policy, efficiency, monopoly

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