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Employment Effects of Privatisation and Foreign Acquisition of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

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  • Gong, Yundan

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    (University of Nottingham)

  • Görg, Holger

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

  • Maioli, Sara

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    (Newcastle University)

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of domestic privatisation or foreign acquisition of Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on employment growth, using firm level data for China and a combination of propensity score matching and difference-in-differences in order to identify the causal effect. Our results suggest that, controlling for output growth there is some evidence that domestic privatisation leads to contemporaneous reductions in employment growth compared to firms that did not undergo an ownership change. By contrast, there is some evidence that foreign acquisitions show higher employment growth in the post acquisition period than non-acquired SOEs.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2453.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Publication status: published in: International Journal of the Economics of Business, 2007, 14(2), 197-214
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2453

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Keywords: employment growth; foreign acquisition; privatisation; difference-in-differences;

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Cited by:
  1. Brown, J. David & Earle, John S. & Telegdy, Álmos, 2008. "Employment and Wage Effects of Privatization: Evidence from Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine," IZA Discussion Papers 3688, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. John Sutherland Earle & Almos Telegdy, 2011. "Medium-Term Industrial Labor Demand Forecast for Hungary," Budapest Working Papers on the Labour Market 1111, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  3. Lehto, Eero & Böckerman, Petri, 2008. "Analysing the employment effects of mergers and acquisitions," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 112-124, October.
  4. Jun Du & Sourafel Girma, 2009. "The Effects of Foreign Acquisition on Domestic and Export Markets Dynamics in China," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(1), pages 164-177, 01.

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