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Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions in Services: The Role of Policy and Industrial Structure

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  • Alessandro Barattieri
  • Ingo Borchert
  • Aaditya Mattoo

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This paper explores the role of policy and economic structure in determining interna- tional mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in services sectors. The analysis is based on bilateral sectoral M&A ow data and detailed information on policy barriers from a new database. Restrictive investment policies are found to reduce the probability of M&A inows, controlling for bilateral frictions such as geography. This negative effect, however, is mitigated in countries with relatively large shares of manufacturing and (to a lesser extent) services in GDP. The same result holds for the number of M&A deals concluded. Findings are robust to accounting for the potential endogeneity of policy restrictiveness. The evidence suggests that the impact of policy is state-dependent and related to the composition of GDP in the target economy.

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  • Alessandro Barattieri & Ingo Borchert & Aaditya Mattoo, 2015. "Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions in Services: The Role of Policy and Industrial Structure," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 438, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
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    Keywords

    Cross-border M&A; services trade policy; trade frictions;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General

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