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Labor Market Rigidity And Foreign Direct Investment: The Case Of Europe

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  • Mogab, J.
  • Kishan, R.
  • Vacaflores, D.E.

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This paper examines the relationship between labor market rigidity and FDI decisions by Europeans multi-nationals firms during 2004-2008. We use firm-level data for European Multinational Enterprises investment in 41 European countries during these four years. Using conditional fixed effect logit and Tobit estimations, we show that European MNEs generally respond to regulatory, gravity and firm specific indicators in the expected ways, but their responses to changes in labor market institutions are less consistent. We also find that the relationship between MNEs location decision and host country’s labor market institutional factors is sensitive to host country’s development stage and market integration with the EU countries.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:aeinde:v:13:y:2013:i:1_4
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    1. Diego Escobari & Diego E. Vacaflores, 2015. "Expectations and the Dynamic Feedback between Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(1), pages 121-136, March.
    2. repec:wsi:serxxx:v:62:y:2017:i:05:n:s0217590815501131 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Foreign Direct Investment; Labor Flexibility; Economic Integration; Trade and Labor Market Interactions.;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J80 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - General
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions

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