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Hymer and Uneven Development Revisited: Foreign Direct Investment and Regional Inequalities

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  • David Bailey
  • Nigel Driffield

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Picking up on one of Hymer's key contributions, this paper examines the impact that inward foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK has on the patterns of development, both within and across regions. Using a panel of data for the manufacturing sector, the paper illustrates that even where one isolates the effect on the domestic sector alone, inward investment acts to increase the demand for skilled, relative to unskilled labour, and also generates the expected agglomeration effects in terms of the demand for capital investment. The paper then goes on to draw certain policy comparisons between these findings and the desired aim of attracting FDI, notably to increase demand for labour in those regions suffering structural unemployment, and secondly to reduce the disparities between regions. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Contributions to Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 21 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 55-68

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Handle: RePEc:oup:copoec:v:21:y:2002:i:1:p:55-68

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