Killer Acquisitions

@article{Cunningham2020KillerA,
  title={Killer Acquisitions},
  author={Colleen M. Cunningham and Florian Ederer and Song Ma},
  journal={IRPN: Innovation \& Organizational Economics (Topic)},
  year={2020}
}
This paper argues incumbent firms may acquire innovative targets solely to discontinue the target's innovation projects and preempt future competition. We call such acquisitions "killer acquisitions." We develop a model illustrating this phenomenon. Using pharmaceutical industry data, we show that acquired drug projects are less likely to be developed when they overlap with the acquirer's existing product portfolio, especially when the acquirer's market power is large due to weak competition or… Expand
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