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Managerial overconfidence and M&A performance: evidence from China

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We examine the extent to which managerial overconfidence creates value to acquirers in successful M&As undertaken by Chinese listed firms in the period of 2006-2012. The empirical results show that Chinese acquirers gain value in both the short-run and the long-run after the M&A announcement. Our study provides new evidence that the market responds favourably to M&A deals undertaken by acquirers with more managerial overconfidence in both the short-run and the long-run. Our multivariate analyses, however, show that managerial overconfidence has a minimal role in explaining the stock price movement. In addition, we find that firm size is an important determinant for the relationship between overconfidence and market reaction to merger deals. Taken together, we conclude that managerial overconfidence has little effect in driving merger and acquisition deals in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-360
Number of pages19
Journal International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2020


  • LIUj_2018_cright_Managerial_overconfidence_and_M_A_performance

    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Inderscience Publishers, Jie Michael Guo, Qian He, Jiayuan Xin, Jia Liu, 'Managerial Overconfidence and M&A Performance: Evidence from China,' International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2020, and has been published in final form at:

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