Does Human Capital Endowment of FDI Recipient Countries Really Matter? Evidence from Cross-Country Firm Level Data
AbstractThe stylized literature on foreign direct investment suggests that developing countries should invest in the human capital of their labour force in order to attract foreign direct investment. However, if educational quality in developing country is uncertain such that formal education is a noisy signal of human capital, it might be rational for multinational enterprises to focus more on job-specific training than on formal education of the labour force. Using cross-country data from the textiles and garments industry, we demonstrate that training indeed has greater impact on firm efficiency in developing countries than formal education of the work force.
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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Publication status: published in: Review of Development Economics, 2013, 17 (3), 559-570
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- Sumon Bhaumik & Ralitza Dimova, 2012. "Does human capital endowment of FDI recipient countries really matter? Evidence from cross-country firm level data," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp1030, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
- F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
- I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-03-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-HRM-2012-03-21 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-INT-2012-03-21 (International Trade)
- NEP-LAB-2012-03-21 (Labour Economics)
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