Managers, Workers, and Corporate Control
40 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2003
Date Written: August 2002
If the private benefits of control are high and management owns a small equity stake, managers and workers are natural allies. There are two forces at play. First, managers effectively transform employees into a "poison pill" by signing generous long-term labor contracts and thereby reducing the firm's attractiveness to a raider. Second, employees act as "white squires" for the incumbent managers, lobbying against hostile takeovers to protect the high wages enjoyed under incumbent management. Our model is consistent with available empirical findings, and yields new predictions as well.
Keywords: private benefits, employment protection, takeovers, ESOPs
JEL Classification: G34, K22, K42
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