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The effect of mergers and acquisitions on productivity: An empirical application to Spanish banking

  • Bernad, Cristina
  • Fuentelsaz, Lucio
  • Gómez, Jaime

Mergers and acquisitions are frequently justified in terms of value creation or efficiency improvements. Nevertheless, the evidence is not consistent with the existence of benefits in terms of the costs, productivity, profitability or market value of the firms involved. A distinguishing feature of extant research is that it focuses on the assessment of the consequences of mergers around the time in which the operation takes place, limiting the possibility of observing a complete integration between the merged firms. In this context, the objective of this paper is to evaluate the effects of mergers and acquisitions on the long-run productivity of Spanish savings banks. Our results show that productivity improvements can be found in only half of the mergers that take place during the period analyzed.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 283-293

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