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Picking "Lemons" or Picking "Cherries"? Domestic and Foreign Acquisitions in Norwegian Manufacturing

  • Ragnhild Balsvik
  • Stefanie A. Haller

We compare the performance in employment, wages and productivity for domestic plants acquired by new domestic and foreign owners. Prospective foreign owners pick large, high-wage, high-productivity plants, while new domestic owners choose average performers of above-average size. Employment, labour productivity, and total factor productivity decline in domestic acquisition targets before acquisitions; only wages recover afterwards. Employment, wages and labour productivity increase after foreign acquisitions. The sample selection introduced by long-term comparisons and a focus on unique events introduces a downward bias into the results for domestic acquisitions and an upward bias for the foreign acquisitions. Copyright © The Economic and Social Research Institute 2010. Journal compilation © The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2010 .

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Volume (Year): 112 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 361-387

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