Enemy of Labour? Analysing the Employment Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions
Labour Institute for Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 221
33 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2006
Date Written: August 2006
This paper analyses the employment effects of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) by using matched establishment-level data from Finland over the period 1989-2003. The data covers all sectors. We compare the employment effects of cross-border M&As with the effects arising from two different types of domestic M&As and internal restructurings. The results reveal that cross-border M&As lead to downsizing in manufacturing employment. The effects of cross-border M&As on employment in non-manufacturing are much weaker. Changes in ownership associated with domestic M&As and internal restructurings also typically cause employment losses, but they exhibit an interesting sectoral variation.
Keywords: mergers and acquisitions, M&As, takeovers, employment, workforce
JEL Classification: G34, J23, L23
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