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Employment Protection and Globalisation in Dynamic Oligopoly

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  • Gerda Dewit
  • Dermot Leahy
  • Catia Montagna

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We construct a model in which oligopolistic firms decide where to locate. Firms choose to locate either in a country where employment protection implies costly output adjustments or in one without adjustment costs. Using a two-period three-stage game with uncertainty it is demonstrated that location is influenced by both flexibility and strategic concerns. We show that the strategic effects under Cournot work towards domestic anchorage in the country with adjustment costs while those under Bertrand do not. Strategic agglomeration can occur in the inflexible country under Cournot and even under Bertrand provided uncertainty and foreign direct investment costs are low.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 137.

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Cited by:
  1. Alireza Naghavi, 2005. "Asymmetric Labor Markets, Southern Wages, and the Location of Firms," Working Papers 2005.17, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Dewit, Gerda & Görg, Holger & Montagna, Catia, 2003. "Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Note on Employment Protection, Domestic Anchorage, and FDI," IZA Discussion Papers 845, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Jan I. Haaland & Ian Wooton, 2007. "Domestic Labor Markets and Foreign Direct Investment," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(3), pages 462-480, 08.
  4. Alireza Naghavi, 2003. "Asymmetric Labor Markets and the Location of Firms - Are Multinationals Attracted to Weak Labor Standards?," Working Papers 200323, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  5. Martin Robson & Roxana Radulescu, 2004. "Does stricter employment protection legislation deter FDI?," Money Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group Conference 2003 81, Money Macro and Finance Research Group.
  6. Lommerud, Kjell Erik & Straume, Odd Rune, 2007. "Technology resistance and globalisation with trade unions: the choice between employment protection and flexicurity," Working Papers in Economics 13/07, University of Bergen, Department of Economics.
  7. Kjell Erik Lommerud & Odd Rune Straume, 2008. "Employment Protection versus Flexicurity: On Technology Adoption in Unionised Firms," CESifo Working Paper Series 2472, CESifo Group Munich.
  8. Zierahn, Ulrich, 2011. "Regional unemployment and new economic geography," HWWI Research Papers 105, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  9. Gerda Dewit & Holger Görg & Catia Montagna, 2009. "Should I stay or should I go? Foreign direct investment, employment protection and domestic anchorage," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 145(1), pages 93-110, April.
  10. Sophie Lecostey, 2012. "Permanent uncertainty, employment protection, and firms'location," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 201240, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.

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