Quotation Gugler, Klaus, Mueller, Dennis, Yurtoglu, B. Burcin, Zulehner, Christine. 2003. The Effects of Mergers: An International Comparison. International Journal of Industrial Organization 21 (5): 625-653.


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This paper analyzes the effects of mergers around the world over the past 15 years. We utilize a large panel of data on mergers to test several hypotheses about mergers. The effects of the mergers are examined by comparing the performance of the merging firms with control groups of nonmerging firms. The comparisons are made on profitability and sales. The results show that mergers on average do result in significant increases in profits, but reduce the sales of the merging firms. Interestingly, these post merger patterns look similar across countries. We also did not find dramatic differences between mergers in the manufacturing and the service sectors, and between domestic and cross-border mergers. Conglomerate mergers decrease sales more than horizontal mergers. By separating mergers into those that increase profits and those that reduce them and by then examining the patterns of sales changes following the mergers, we determine the effects of mergers on efficiency and market power. Our results suggest that those mergers that decrease profits and efficiency account for a large proportion. However, we can also identify mergers that increase profits by either increasing market power or by increasing efficiency. The first conclusion seems to be a more likely explanation for large companies, whereas the latter is likely to be true for small firms.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Industrial Organization
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, VW-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The Effects of Mergers: An International Comparison
Volume 21
Number 5
Year 2003
Page from 625
Page to 653

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Gugler, Klaus (Details)
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Mueller, Dennis (Universität Wien, Austria)
Yurtoglu, B. Burcin (Universität Wien, Austria)
Zulehner, Christine (Universität Wien, Austria)
Organization
Research Institute for Regulatory Economics FI (Details)
Institute for Quantitative Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5370 Industrial economics (Details)
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