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Labour demand and wage effects of takeovers that involve employee layoffs

Kuvandikov, A. (2010) Labour demand and wage effects of takeovers that involve employee layoffs. Working Paper. Department of Management Studies, University of York

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The issue of whether mergers and acquisitions lead to economic efficiency is divisive, as is confirmed by mixed empirical evidence. There is no general agreement on the dominating motive for such transactions. Consequently, the sources of takeover gains are unknown. Synergy realisation and management disciplining have been suggested as the main driving forces of efficiency improvements. However, it is not well understood how such factors may create value. One suggestion is that better labour management and more efficient labour usage reduces demand for labour during post-takeover years (Conyon et al., 2002). Profit maximising managers may undertake workforce reductions to realise the synergetic and better labour management gains created by mergers. However, any workforce reduction should be undertaken on the basis of the level of decline in labour demand. This implies that decline in labour demand should be steeper in mergers that involve employee layoffs than in mergers that do not.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: Repository Administrator York
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 17:51
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 08:01
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Management Studies, University of York
Refereed: No
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11241

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