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Market Misvaluation, Managerial Horizon, and Acquisitions


  • Huasheng Gao


"This paper analyzes the impact of managerial horizon on mergers and acquisitions activity. The main predication is that acquiring firms managed by short-horizon executives have higher abnormal returns at acquisition announcements, less likelihood of using equity to pay for the transactions, and inferior postmerger stock performance in the long run. I construct two proxies for managerial horizon based on the CEO's career concern and compensation scheme, and provide empirical evidence supporting the above prediction. Moreover, I also demonstrate that long-horizon managers are more likely to initiate acquisitions in response to high stock market valuation." Copyright (c) 2010 Financial Management Association International.

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  • Huasheng Gao, 2010. "Market Misvaluation, Managerial Horizon, and Acquisitions," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 39(2), pages 833-850, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finmgt:v:39:y:2010:i:2:p:833-850

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    1. Sheng-Syan Chen & Keng-Yu Ho & Po-Hsin Ho, 2014. "CEO Overconfidence and Long-Term Performance Following R&D Increases," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 43(2), pages 245-269, June.
    2. Vanessa M. Strike & Pascual Berrone & Stephen G. Sapp & Lorenzo Congiu, 2015. "A Socioemotional Wealth Approach to CEO Career Horizons in Family Firms," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(4), pages 555-583, June.

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