Innovation Activities and Integration through Vertical Acquisitions
Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming
79 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2013 Last revised: 13 Jul 2019
Date Written: May 1, 2019
We examine the determinants of vertical acquisitions using product text linked to product vocabulary from the input-output tables. We find that the stage of innovation is important in understanding vertical integration. R\&D-intensive firms are less likely to become targets in vertical acquisitions. In contrast, firms with patented innovation are more likely to sell to vertically-related buyers. Firms' R&D intensity is a more important deterrent to their vertical acquisitions when the provision of innovation incentives by potential acquirers is more difficult. The role of patents in fostering vertical acquisitions is more prevalent when potential buyers face a higher risk of hold-up.
Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions, Vertical Mergers, Vertical Integration
JEL Classification: G34
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