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Multinational Companies, Backward Linkages and Labour Demand Elasticities

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  • Görg, Holger

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

  • Henry, Michael

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    (Aston University)

  • Strobl, Eric

    ()
    (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris)

  • Walsh, Frank

    ()
    (University College Dublin)

Abstract

This paper investigates the link between nationality of ownership and wage elasticities of labour demand at the level of the plant. In particular, we examine whether labour demand in multinationals becomes less elastic with respect to the wage if the plant has backward linkages with the local economy. Our empirical evidence, based on a rich plant level dataset, shows that the extent of local linkages indeed generally reduces the wage elasticity of labour demand. This result is economically important and holds for a number of different specifications.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2506.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Publication status: published in: Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue canadienne d'économique, 2009, 42( 1), 332-348
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2506

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Keywords: elasticities; labour demand; multinational companies; linkages;

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  1. Holger Görg & Frances Ruane, 2000. "An Analysis of Backward Linkages in the Irish Electronics Sector," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 31(3), pages 215-235.
  2. Smarzynska, Beata K., 2002. "Does foreign direct investment increase the productivity of domestic firms : in search of spillovers through backward linkages," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2923, The World Bank.
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  1. Andreas Lichter & Andreas Peichl & Sebastian Siegloch, 2014. "Exporting and Labor Demand: Micro-level Evidence from Germany," CESifo Working Paper Series 4668, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Godart, Olivier & Görg, Holger & Greenaway, David, 2012. "Domestic Multinationals, Foreign Affiliates, and Labour Demand Elasticities," IZA Discussion Papers 7061, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Hijzen, Alexander & Swaim, Paul, 2010. "Offshoring, labour market institutions and the elasticity of labour demand," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 54(8), pages 1016-1034, November.
  4. Jaanika Meriküll & Tairi Rõõm, . "Are foreign-owned firms different ? Comparision of employment volatility and elasticity of labour demand," Bank of Estonia Working Papers wp2014-1, Bank of Estonia.
  5. Buch, Claudia M. & Lipponer, Alexander, 2007. "Volatile multinationals? Evidence from the labor demand of German firms," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2007,22, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  6. Katariina Nilsson Hakkala & Fredrik Heyman & Fredrik Sjöholm, 2010. "Multinationals, skills, and wage elasticities," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 146(2), pages 263-280, June.
  7. Patrick Paul Walsh & Ciara Whelan, 2011. "Mr Whitaker and Industry: Setting the Record Straight–A Reply to Barry and Daly," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(2), pages 169–175.
  8. Hakkala, Katariina & Heyman, Fredrik & Sjöholm, Fredrik, 2007. "Cross-Border Acquisitions, Multinationals and Wage Elasticities," Working Paper Series 709, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  9. Lichter, Andreas & Peichl, Andreas & Siegloch, Sebastian, 2014. "The own-wage elasticity of labor demand: A meta-regression analysis," ZEW Discussion Papers 14-016, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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