A Note on Merger and Acquisition Evaluation

Benjamin Furlan, Harald Oberhofer, Hannes Winner

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This note proposes the continuous treatment approach as a valuable alternative to propensity score matching for evaluating economic effects of merger and acquisitions (M&As). This framework allows considering the variation in treatment intensities explicitly, and it does not call for an arbitrary definition of cutoff values in traded ownership shares to construct a binary treatment indicator. We demonstrate the usefulness of this approach using data from European M&As and by relying on the example of post-M&A employment effects. The empirical exercise reveals some heterogeneities over the whole distribution of acquired ownership shares and across different types of M&As and country groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447 - 455
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change (ICC)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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