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Cross-border M&As and the changing economic geography of Europe

Zademach, Hans-Martin and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2009) Cross-border M&As and the changing economic geography of Europe. European Planning Studies, 17 (5). pp. 765-789. ISSN 0965-4313

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09654310902778276


This study investigates the patterns of corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&As) involving firms located in the EU25 as well as in the four EFTA countries between 1998 and 2003. Against the background of a reflection on the concept of the firm in economic geography, it uncovers the cross-border balance of M&As across European states and identifies the factors that may explain the levels and patterns of corporate takeovers across Europe. The results indicate that the traditional motives of access to new and core markets, the effects of geographical proximity, and the internalisation of localised capabilities (proxied by a skilled and innovative labour pool) represent the key drivers of European M&As, while institutional factors, such as European integration or language barriers, appear to be less influential.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 15:16
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 09:16

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