Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 2 No. 1 (Winter 1988)


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Takeovers: Their Causes and Consequences

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Jensen, Michael C. 1988. "Takeovers: Their Causes and Consequences." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2(1): 21-48.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.2.1.21


Economists have accumulated considerable evidence and knowledge on the effects of the takeover market. Here, I focus on current aspects of the controversy. My assessment is that the market for corporate control is creating large benefits for shareholders and for the economy as a whole by loosening control over vast amounts of resources and enabling them to move more quickly to their highest-valued use. This is a healthy market in operation, on both the takeover side and the divestiture side, and it is playing an important role in helping the American economy adjust to major changes in competition and regulation of the past decade.

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611: Market Structure: Industrial Organization and Corporate Strategy
621: Research and Development


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