EU Merger Control Database: 1990-2014

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  • Affeldt, Pauline (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) und Technische Universität Berlin)
  • Duso, Tomaso (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) und Technische Universität Berlin)
  • Szücs, Florian (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
  • Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. (DIW Berlin)
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
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  • Abstract

    We collected data on almost the complete population of the merger control decisions by the Directorate-General Competition’s (DG COMP) of the European Commission. We started the data collection with the first year of common European merger control, 1990, and included all years up to 2014. This amounts to 25 years of data on European merger control. With regard to the scope of the decisions, we collected data in all cases where a legal decision document exists. This includes all cases settled in the first phase of an investigation (Art. 6(1)(a), 6(1)(b), 6(1)(c) and 6(2)) and all cases decided in the second phase of an investigation (Art. 8(1), 8(2), and 8(3)). Note that this also includes all cases settled under a ‘simplified procedure’, provided that a legal decision document exists. Furthermore, we also intended to collect data on cases that were either referred back to member states by DG COMP or aborted by the merging parties. While we have collected some data on such cases, data on these cases is not always available. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that the final dataset covers all of these cases. The level of observation is not a particular merger case but a particular product/geographic market combination concerned by a merger. In total, the final dataset contains 5,196 DG COMP merger decisions. For each of this decision, we record a number of observations equal to the number of product/geographic markets identified in the specific transaction. Hence, the total dataset contains 31,451 observations.

Geographic Coverage
  • European Union

Update Metadata: 2021-02-10 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2021-02-10