Mergers and Acquisitions , Technological Change and Inequality

  title={Mergers and Acquisitions , Technological Change and Inequality},
  author={Wenting Ma and Paige Ouimet and Elena Simintzi},
  • Wenting Ma, Paige Ouimet, Elena Simintzi
  • Published 2017
This paper documents important shifts in the occupational composition of industries following high merger and acquisition (M&A) activity as well as accompanying increases in mean wages and wage inequality. We propose mergers and acquisitions act as a catalyst for skill-biased and routine-biased technological change. We argue that due to an increase in scale, improved efficiency or lower financial constraints, M&As facilitate technology adoption and automation, disproportionately increasing the… CONTINUE READING
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