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Do Foreign Mergers and Acquisitions Boost Firm Productivity?

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  • Marc Schiffbauer

    (ESRI)

  • Iulia Siedschlag

    (ESRI)

  • Frances Ruane

    (ESRI)

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This paper examines the causal relationship between foreign mergers and acquisitions and firm productivity in the UK over the period 1999-2007. Our results raise questions about the existence of aggregate effects of foreign ownership on TFP in the longer-run. However, we find significant heterogeneity in the TFP effects of foreign M&A at the industry level. Overall, we uncover a systematic pattern of post-acquisition TFP effects that is consistent with the most recent theoretical models of firm heterogeneity and cross-border mergers and acquisitions as mode of foreign entry. Furthermore, we find positive aggregate effects on labor productivity due to capital deepening but not due to changes in TFP.

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Paper provided by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its series Papers with number WP305.

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Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp305

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  1. Frances Ruane & Xiaoheng Zhang, 2007. "Location Choices of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Europe after 1992," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp220, IIIS.
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