Cross ownership and divestment incentives

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Even though cross ownership raises industry profits, we demonstrate that it is prone to a commitment problem. Specifically, we show that producers in a Cournot duopoly have unilateral incentives to resell their minority share-holdings in the rival to outside investors, leading to an equilibrium with complete divestments. This feature challenges the stability of cross ownership configurations.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEconomics letters
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 12.02.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 511 Economics
  • Cross ownership
  • Divestment incentives

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