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Takeover Threats and Managerial Myopia

Jeremy Stein ()

Scholarly Articles from Harvard University Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the familiar argument that takeover pressure can be damaging because it leads managers to sacrifice long-term interests in order to boost current profits. If stockholders are imperfectly informed, temporarily low earnings may cause the stock to become undervalued, increasing the likelihood of a takeover at an unfavorable price; hence the managerial concern with current bottom line. The magnitude of the problem depends on a variety of factors, including the attitudes and beliefs o f shareholders, the extent to which corporate raiders have inside information, and the degree to which managers are concerned with retaining control of their firms.

Date: 1988
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Published in Journal of Political Economy -Chicago-

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