Cross-border merger & acquisition activity and revealed comparative advantage in manufacturing industries

Steven Brakman*, Harry Garretsen, Charles van Marrewijk, Arjen van Witteloostuijn

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Abstract

We estimate an important implication of oligopolistic international trade modeling for the predicted pattern of cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Our core argument is that cross-border M&As are, among other factors, driven by cross-country differences in comparative advantage. We find strong evidence that acquiring firms operate in industries with a comparative advantage. We also report (less pronounced) evidence that this holds for target firms as well. We therefore add another explanation, rooted in international economics, to the industrial organization literature on M&As that emphasizes efficiency and strategic motives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-57
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Economics & Management Strategy
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • MAXIMUM-LIKELIHOOD METHODS
  • FOREIGN DIRECT-INVESTMENT
  • HORIZONTAL MERGERS
  • TRADE
  • MODEL
  • DETERMINANTS

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