Journal Article

No. 2012-21 | June 06, 2012
The Wage Premium of Foreign Ownership: Evidence from European Mergers and Acquisitions PDF Icon

Abstract

The authors provide evidence on the impact of foreign ownership on labor market outcomes analyzing pay differences between foreign-acquired and domestically owned firms. For this purpose, they use firm-level data from 16 European countries over the time period 1999–2006. Combing propensity score matching techniques with difference-in-differences (DID) estimators the authors estimate positive wage premia of cross-border merger and acquisitions (M&As), suggesting that foreign-acquired firms exhibit higher short-run (post-acquisition) wage growth than their domestic counterparts. The observed wage disparities are most pronounced for low paying firms (with average wages below the median) which are typically located in Eastern European transition economies.

JEL Classification

C21 F15 G34 J31

Citation

Harald Oberhofer, Matthias Stöckl, and Hannes Winner (2012). The Wage Premium of Foreign Ownership: Evidence from European Mergers and Acquisitions. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 6 (2012-21): 1—27. http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2012-21

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