Post-Merger Restructuring of the Labor Force

80 Pages Posted: 5 May 2021 Last revised: 30 Nov 2023

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Britta Gehrke

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - School of Business & Economics; Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ernst G. Maug

University of Mannheim Business School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Stefan Obernberger

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Economics; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Christoph Schneider

University of Münster - Finance Center Münster

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Date Written: January 20, 2022

Abstract

We study the restructuring of the labor force after M&As by taking a comprehensive view that analyzes targets, acquirers, and merged firms. We show that acquirers’ establishments grow significantly as many jobs move from the target to the acquirer. Employee turnover is large because many employees leave the merged firm voluntarily, and vacant positions at the acquirer are filled with external hires. Restructuring involves significant changes to the management and the organization of the firm. These findings highlight that redrawing the boundaries of the firm has also first-order consequences for the organization and composition of the labor force of the acquirer.

Keywords: M&A, Restructuring, Employment, Internal Labor Markets

JEL Classification: G30, G34, J24, J31, M51

Suggested Citation

Gehrke, Britta and Maug, Ernst G. and Obernberger, Stefan and Schneider, Christoph, Post-Merger Restructuring of the Labor Force (January 20, 2022). European Corporate Governance Institute – Finance Working Paper No. 753/2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3838865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3838865

Britta Gehrke

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - School of Business & Economics ( email )

Germany

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

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Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Ernst G. Maug (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim Business School ( email )

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Stefan Obernberger

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Economics ( email )

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Netherlands

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

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Netherlands

Christoph Schneider

University of Münster - Finance Center Münster ( email )

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Münster, 48143
Germany

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