The effect of tenure and age diversity in corporate boards on M&A premiums
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Using a comparatively large sample of North American M&A transactions, I examine the effect of acquirer boards’ tenure and age diversities on M&A premium. Going against the general understanding of the value-enhancing contribution of board diversity in corporate boards, my finding concludes that both tenure and age diversity in acquirer corporate boards are associated with an increase in M&A premium. Also, boards with more tenure and age diversity are associated with taking longer time to complete M&A deals. Thus, my results suggest that certain types of diversity may be wealth-destroying, at least when it comes to corporate mergers. My results are backed by a battery of robustness and endogeneity tests.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
SupervisorMaung, Min; Wilson, Craig
CommitteePark, Han-Up; Yang, Fan; Racine, Marie
Copyright DateSeptember 2021
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