Sabien Dobbelaere

Sabien Dobbelaere is an associate professor at the Department of Economics Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and research fellow at Tinbergen Institute (TI, Amsterdam) & Institute of Labor Economics (IZA, Bonn). Her fields of specialization are applied micro-econometrics and applied microeconomics. She received her PhD from Ghent University.

Firm Consolidations Hurt Workers, But Likely Not Because of Market Power

In new research, Sabien Dobbelaere, Grace McCormack, Daniel Prinz, and Sándor Sóvágó find that mergers negatively impact labor market outcomes. Mergers result in job losses, and the earnings of workers who lose their jobs don’t recover for several years on average. The authors find these negative consequences are more likely attributable to the restructuring of labor forces than subsequent firm market power.

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