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International Deal Experience and Cross-Border Acquisitions

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  • Caleb Stroup

    (Department of Economics, Davidson College)

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I show that corporate directors' human capital facilitates international investments. Directors' experience with cross-border transactions positively influences firms' decisions to conduct their first cross-border acquisitions. Cross-border acquirers are more likely to buy firms headquartered in countries with which the directors have prior deal experience. This effect is strongest for target firms headquartered in culturally and institutionally dissimilar countries. Announced cross-border acquisitions are received more favorably by financial markets and are more likely to be completed successfully when the announcing firm has a director with cross-border acquisition experience. These effects are not driven by investment bank involvement in the deal process or by other forms of directors' human capital, and they are robust to endogeneity of director hires. Publication Status: Published in Economic Enquiry, 2017, 55(1):73-97.

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  • Caleb Stroup, 2015. "International Deal Experience and Cross-Border Acquisitions," Working Papers 15-03, Davidson College, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dav:wpaper:15-03
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    Keywords

    Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions; Foreign Direct Investment;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production

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