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Unionisation and Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Leahy, Dermot
  • Montagna, Catia

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This paper investigates the effects of different degrees of wage setting centralisation on (1) the incentive of a MNE to locate in a host country, (2) the optimal level of investment it decides to commit to its foreign operation, and (3) the host country's welfare. Decentralised and centralised wage bargaining are considered. The nature of product market competition between the MNE and domestic firms affects results that cast doubt on some of the conventional wisdom on FDI. In particular, we show that: (i) it is not always welfare improving to attract inward FDI, and (ii) the MNE may prefer centralised to decentralised wage setting regimes.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2260.

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Keywords: FDI; Strategic Behaviour; Unionisation;

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Cited by:
  1. Andreas Haufler & Ferdinand Mittermaier, 2008. "Unionisation Triggers Tax Incentives to Attract Foreign Direct Investment," CESifo Working Paper Series 2312, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Palokangas, Tapio K., 2003. "Foreign Direct Investment, Labour Market Regulation and Self-Interested Governments," IZA Discussion Papers 793, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Collie, D. & Vandenbussche, H., 1999. "Trade, FDI and Unions," Discussion Paper 1999-42, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  4. Michael Pfaffermayr, . "Employment in Domestic Plants and Foreign Affiliates: A Note on the Elasticity of Substitution," WIFO Working Papers 122, WIFO.
  5. Laixun Zhao, 2006. "International Labor Standards and Southern Competition," Discussion Paper Series 193, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  6. Kotov, Denis, 2008. "How Changing Investment Climate Impacts on the Foreign Investors Investment Decision: Evidence from FDI in Germany," MPRA Paper 8777, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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