Dimensions of the Worldwide Merger Boom

24 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2001

Abstract

Drawing from a commercial database seldom used by economists, this note provides aggregate statistics for four dimensions of the worldwide explosion of industrial mergers: the overall volume, the median and average size of mergers, sectoral composition of mergers, and the countries where these mergers are occurring. The final section focuses on three important implications of this merger activity, the changing size of enterprises; the degree to which such mergers are occurring in the same four-digit industries; and the probability that these merger activities will bring about a permanent change in the market structure.

Keywords: mergers, industrial organization

JEL Classification: L11, L12, L2, L0

Suggested Citation

Pryor, Frederic L., Dimensions of the Worldwide Merger Boom. Journal of Economic Issues. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=255412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.255412

Frederic L. Pryor (Contact Author)

Swarthmore College ( email )

500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081
United States

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