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Extending the theories of employee incentives and inalienability of human capital, we investigate the link between a firm‘s engagement in employee relations and the returns to shareholders around mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Using firm-level data on employee-engagement in an international sample of 4,565 M&A deals from 48 countries, we find that an acquirer‘s employee-engagement – especially in terms of monetary incentives – is positively related to shareholder returns in domestic deals, but this relationship turns negative in cross-border deals.

October 20 2018

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