Los profesores JONATHAN B. BAKER y CARL SHAPIRO publicaron un interesante documento, “Reinvigorating Horizontal Merger Enforcement“, sobre la reciente evolución de los criterios usados por las agencias de Estados Unidos para estudiar concentraciones empresariales. Los autores señalan que el control de las concentraciones, especialmente en relación al Departamento de Justicia, está declinando y proponen un viraje hacia un estudio basado en la estructura de mercado.
Transcribo a continuación el abstract:
“The past forty years have witnessed a remarkable transformation in horizontal merger enforcement in the United States. With no change in the underlying statute, the Clayton Act, the weight given to market concentration by the federal courts and by the federal antitrust agencies has declined dramatically. Instead, increasing weight has been given to three arguments often made by merging firms in their defense: entry, expansion and efficiencies. We document this shift and provide examples where courts have approved highly concentrating mergers based on limited evidence of entry and expansion. We show using merger enforcement data and a survey we conducted of merger practitioners that the decline in antitrust enforcement is ongoing, especially at the current Justice Department. We then argue in favor of reinvigorating horizontal merger enforcement by partially restoring the structural presumption and by requiring strong evidence to overcome the government’s prima facie case. We propose several routes by which the government can establish its prima facie case, distinguishing between cases involving coordinated vs. unilateral anti-competitive effects.”