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How Important is Employment Protection Legislation for Foreign Direct Investment Flows in Central and Eastern European Countries?

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate empirically the importance of labor market conditions and in particular of employment protection legislation as a determinant of bilateral Foreign Direct Investment flows to seven Central and Eastern European countries. Although our results indicate that countries characterized by low unit labor costs tend to attract more Foreign Direct Investment, we find no evidence suggesting that employment protection legislation matters in this context. This result also holds if we control for the riskiness of the host countries.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in its series Economics working papers with number 2007-16.

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Handle: RePEc:jku:econwp:2007_16

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Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Central and Eastern Europe; Labor Market; Employment Protection;

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  1. Markus Leibrecht & Christian Bellak, . "Does the impact of employment protection legislation on FDI differ by skill-intensity of sectors? An empirical investigation," Discussion Papers 09/21, University of Nottingham, GEP.
  2. Antonio Baez, 2014. "“A panel data analysis of FDI and informal labor markets”," AQR Working Papers 201402, University of Barcelona, Regional Quantitative Analysis Group, revised Feb 2014.
  3. Mogab, J. & Kishan, R. & Vacaflores, D.E., 2013. "Labor Market Rigidity And Foreign Direct Investment: The Case Of Europe," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(1), pages 35-54.
  4. Antonio Baez, 2014. "“A panel data analysis of FDI and informal labor markets”," IREA Working Papers 201404, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Feb 2014.

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