We study the accounting and stock performance of 4,547 US acquisitions during 1989 and 2008. We categorise acquisitions into four types based on the four possible combinations of positive or negative abnormal stock performance and abnormal accounting performance. First, we compare the bidder, bid and target characteristics across the four types of acquisitions. We find significant differences.
Second, with the help of existing theories we explain these differences in bidder, bid and target characteristics by differences in the acquisition motives.
We argue that CEOs have diﬀerent attitudes toward the ﬁrm’s stakeholders and that these diﬀerences in attitudes aﬀect the ﬁrm’s decision making. We hypothesize that these diﬀerences stem from diﬀerences in political ideology: Liberal CEOs, as...Read more
This article argues that the two dominant concepts of theory of the firm and the bases of modern management education, business practice, and public policy towards the firm, namely shareholder primacy and agency theory, are at best incomplete and...Read more
We examine how negative liquidity shocks to shareholders propagate to the firm. Analyzing regulatory changes to personal wealth taxation in Norway, we show that higher taxes on the home of private firms’ controlling shareholders are associated...Read more
We use a unique dataset to examine the link between ESG disclosure and quality through a cross-country comparison of disclosure requirements and stewardship codes. We find a strong relationship between the extent of ESG disclosure and the quality...Read more