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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-52356

Gaertner, Dennis; Halbheer, Daniel (2006). Are There Waves in Merger Activity After All? Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute No. 414, University of Zurich.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the merger wave hypothesis for the US and the UK employing a Markov regime switching model. Using quarterly data covering the last thirty years, for the US, we identify the beginning of a merger wave in the mid 1990s but not the much-discussed 1980s merger wave. We argue that the latter finding can be ascribed to the refined methods of inference offered by the Gibbs sampling approach. As opposed to the US, mergers in the UK exhibit multiple waves, with activity surging in the early 1970s and the late 1980s.

Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Socioeconomic Institute (former)
DDC:330 Economics
JEL Classification:G34, C32, C11, C15
Language:English
Date:February 2006
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 23:47
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 07:04
Series Name:Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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