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R&D and the Incentives from Merger and Acquisition Activity

65 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2012  

Gordon M. Phillips

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alexei Zhdanov

Pennsylvania State University

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Date Written: August 15, 2012

Abstract

We provide a model and empirical tests showing how an active acquisition market affects firm incentives to innovate and conduct R&D. Our model shows that small firms optimally may decide to innovate more when they can sell out to larger firms. Large firms may find it disadvantageous to engage in an "R&D race" with small firms, as they can obtain access to innovation through acquisition. Our model and evidence also shows that the R&D responsiveness of firms increases with demand, competition and industry merger and acquisition activity. All of these effects are stronger for smaller firms than for larger firms.

Keywords: mergers, innovation, R&D

JEL Classification: O31, O32, G34, D43, L13

Suggested Citation

Phillips, Gordon M. and Zhdanov, Alexei, R&D and the Incentives from Merger and Acquisition Activity (August 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2181152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2181152

Gordon M. Phillips (Contact Author)

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth ( email )

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Alexei Zhdanov

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

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State College, PA 16802
United States

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