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Multinationals as Stabilizers? Economic Crisis, Access to Finance, and Employment Growth

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  • Roberto Alvarez
  • Holger Görg

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This paper examines the comparative response of multinationals and domestic firms to an economic crisis, using the empirical setting of a well defined case of economic slowdown in Chile. We find that employment in manufacturing plants has been drastically reduced during the economic crisis. Our findings reveal that multinationals are more likely to exit contributing to the employment contraction during the crisis, but surviving foreign firms experience lower employment reductions than domestic enterprises. These results are not fully consistent with idea that multinationals are less affected by an economic crisis and that they may be able to act as stabilizers

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1698.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1698

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Keywords: Multinationals; employment growth; plant survival; economic crisis;

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  1. Spaliara, Marina-Eliza & Tsoukas, Serafeim, 2013. "What matters for corporate failures in Asia? Exploring the role of firm-specific characteristics during the Asian crisis," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 83-96.

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