Cherries for sale : the incidence and timing of cross-border M&A
Title: Cherries for sale : the incidence and timing of cross-border M&A
Citation: Journal of international economics, 2014, Vol. 94, No. 2, pp. 341-357
ISSN: 0022-1996; 1873-0353
This paper develops a model of cross-border M&A activity that features firm-level productivity shocks and endogenous export activity. We show that foreign firms will be relatively more attracted to targets in the domestic country that had high productivity levels that induced them to invest in large export networks several years prior to acquisition, but subsequently experienced a negative productivity shock (i.e., cherries for sale). From the theory we derive a dynamic panel binary choice empirical model to predict cross-border M&A activity, and find strong evidence for our hypotheses connecting the evolution of firm-level productivity to the ultimate targets of cross-border acquisitions using French firm-level data.
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