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Coleman, J.; Meyer, David; amd Scheffman, David T. "Economic Analyses of Mergers at the FTC: The Cruise Ships Mergers Investigation, Review of Industrial Organization, 2003, 23:2 (Sept), 121-156

This paper provides an overview of how economists at the Federal Trade Commission assess the potential competitive effects of mergers, with a focus on the types of quantitative analyses frequently employed. The paper first outlines the general approach employed at the Federal Trade Commission to review mergers. The paper then describes analyses done in the investigation of proposed mergers in the cruise line industry as a specific example. Of particular interest in this example are the analyses used to assess the potential for coordinated interaction as a result of the merger.