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Merger activity and unemployment in the USA

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  • K. P. Upadhyaya
  • F. G. Mixon

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This article presents estimates of the effect of merger activity on the unemployment rate in the US economy using time-series data from 1895 to 1992. Utilizing the methodology suggested by Wickens and Breusch (Economic Journal, Supplement, 189-205, 1988), both the short-run and long-run impacts are estimated. The estimated results suggest that merger activity had a significant negative effect on the unemployment rate in the long run. Even in the short run, merger activity, at the margin, has helped to reduce the unemployment rate.

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  • K. P. Upadhyaya & F. G. Mixon, 2003. "Merger activity and unemployment in the USA," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(11), pages 705-707.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:10:y:2003:i:11:p:705-707
    DOI: 10.1080/1350485032000136342
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    1. Oliver Budzinski & Jürgen-Peter Kretschmer, 2009. "Horizontal Mergers, Involuntary Unemployment, and Welfare," MAGKS Papers on Economics 200907, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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