Employee Rights and Acquisitions
57 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2014 Last revised: 9 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 2015
This paper examines the outcomes and characteristics of corporate acquisitions from the perspective of stakeholder-shareholder agency conflicts. Using state variation in labor protections, we find that acquirers with strong labor rights experience lower announcement returns. Combined acquirer and target announcement returns are also lower in the presence of strong labor rights. Our findings remain statistically and economically significant after we control for a range of deal, firm, industry and state characteristics and explore various channels for the labor rights effect. Overall, the evidence indicates that employee-shareholder conflicts of interest reduce shareholder gains from acquisitions.
Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions, Firm value, Employees, Agency conflicts
JEL Classification: G34
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