Investment abroad and labour adjustment at home: evidence from UK multinational firms
This paper provides new evidence on the effects of overseas FDI on the skill-mix of multinational firms' home-country operations. The analysis exploits China's WTO accession to identify the impact of outward investment into a low-wage economy and uses plant-level data to investigate changes in industrial structure within firms driven by plant closures. As predicted by models of vertical FDI, the paper demonstrates that overseas investment in low-wage economies is associated with asymmetric effects on workers in low- and high-skill industries in the home economy and, in particular, with firms closing down plants in low-skill industries. JEL classification: F2
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Volume (Year): 45 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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