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The Influence of industrial relations factors on U.S. foreign direct investment abroad


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  • William N. Cooke
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    Although managers of multinational companies have identified labor practices and regulations, access to skilled labor, and similar factors as important considerations in foreign direct investment decision-making, few studies have empirically examined the influence of industrial relations factors on foreign direct investment. Applying a transaction costs framework to U.S. Department of Commerce data published in 1992, the author examines the influence of several key industrial relations variables on U.S. foreign direct investment across nine industries and nineteen OECD-member countries. Across the countries studied, U.S. foreign direct investment was negatively affected by the presence of high levels of union penetration, centralized collective bargaining structures, stiff government restrictions on layoffs, and pervasive contract extension policies; it was positively affected by high levels of education and policies requiring works councils. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 51 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 (October)
    Pages: 3-17

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:51:y:1997:i:1:p:3-17

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    Cited by:
    1. Hazel Parcon, 2008. "Labor Market Flexibility as a Determinant of FDI Inflows," Working Papers, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics 200807, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    2. Uwe Jirjahn & Steffen Mueller, 2011. "Nonunion Worker Representation, Foreign Owners and the Performance of Establishments," Research Papers in Economics 2011-03, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
    3. Peter Drysdale & Roger Farrell, 1999. "Perspectives on Japanese Investment, Employment and Management in Australia," Asia Pacific Economic Papers, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University 290, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
    4. Silvia Teuber & Uschi Backes-Gellner, 2012. "How do companies adjust their organization to national institutions: evidence from matched-pair engineering companies," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0082, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU), revised Apr 2013.


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