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Effect of Food Industry Mergers and Acquisitions on Employment and Wages

Michael Ollinger, Sang Nguyen (), Don Blayney, William Chambers and Kenneth B. Nelson

No 7250, Economic Research Report from United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Abstract: Empirical analysis of mergers and acquisitions in eight important food industries suggests that workers in acquired plants realized modest increases in employment and wages relative to other workers. Results also show that mergers and acquisitions reduced the likelihood of plant closures while high relative labor costs encouraged plant shutdowns. These results differ from commonly held views that mergers and acquisitions lead to fewer jobs, wage cuts, and plant shutdowns.

Keywords: Food product industries; mergers and acquisitions; plant closures; Agribusiness; Industrial Organization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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