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A Note on Merger and Acquisition Evaluation

  • Furlan, Benjamin

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    (University of Salzburg)

  • Oberhofer, Harald

    ()

    (University of Salzburg)

  • Winner , Hannes

    ()

    (University of Salzburg)

This note proposes the continuous treatment approach as a valuable alternative to propensity score matching for evaluating economic effects of merger and acquisitions (M&A). This framework allows to consider the variation in treatment intensities explicitly, and it does not call for the definition of cut-off values in traded ownership shares in order to construct a binary treatment indicator. We demonstrate the usefulness of this approach using data from European M&As and by relying on the example of post-M&A employment effects.

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Paper provided by University of Salzburg in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 2014-2.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 07 Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ris:sbgwpe:2014_002
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