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A Model of Spillovers Through Labor Recruitment

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  • Lawrence Kaufmann
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    This paper develops a model where spillovers can be generated through domestic firm recruitment of employees at a multinational corporation (MNC) where more advanced technologies are employed. It is shown that both spillover and no-spilover equilibria are possible in the model, depending on the marginal costs and benefits of recruitment. Spillover benefits depend on demand parameters and the technological capabilities of the domestic firm, and spillover costs are determined by the MNC's internal wage. Compared with the no-spillover equilibrium, spillovers lead to fewer technology transfers by the MNC and higher market prices. [031, F23]

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 11 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 13-33

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:intecj:v:11:y:1997:i:3:p:13-33

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    1. Ben Hamida, Lamia & Gugler, Philippe, 2009. "Are there demonstration-related spillovers from FDI?: Evidence from Switzerland," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 18(5), pages 494-508, October.
    2. Anetta Čaplánová & Rudolf Sivák & John Hudson, 2012. "The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Firms´ Innovation Activities," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2012(6), pages 764-779.
    3. Sánchez-Sellero, Pedro & Rosell-Martínez, Jorge & García-Vázquez, José Manuel, 2014. "Absorptive capacity from foreign direct investment in Spanish manufacturing firms," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 429-439.
    4. Hamida, Lamia Ben, 2013. "Are there regional spillovers from FDI in the Swiss manufacturing industry?," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 754-769.
    5. Erol Taymaz & Aykut Lenger, 2004. "Multinational Corporations as a Vehicle for Productivity Spillovers in Turkey," DRUID Working Papers 04-09, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.

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