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Inward foreign direct investment and employment: a project-based analysis in north-east England

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  • Jonathan Jones
  • Colin Wren

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The paper examines the pattern of jobs in projects implemented by foreign-owned plants in the north east of England over the period 1985--1998. It analyses the characteristics of projects generating a greater or smaller number of jobs. The paper finds a substantial concentration of investment in a relatively small number of projects, but that the jobs are much less so. At the project level, the characteristics that are important for determining the number of jobs are the project activity and type (i.e. start-up, acquisition, joint venture or re-investment), but other factors have no influence. However, in aggregate, the paper finds that there is a substantial concentration of jobs by the country of origin, the location and by the manufacturing activity. It also finds that the national inward investment agencies tend to concentrate their efforts on certain kinds of project. It concludes by questioning the optimality of this concentration of inward investment for regional development and employment. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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  • Jonathan Jones & Colin Wren, 2004. "Inward foreign direct investment and employment: a project-based analysis in north-east England," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 4(5), pages 517-543, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:4:y:2004:i:5:p:517-543
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    1. Criscuolo, Chiara & Martin, Ralf & Overman, Henry & Van Reenen, John, 2012. "The Causal Effects of an Industrial Policy," IZA Discussion Papers 6323, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    2. Grahame Fallon & Mark Cook, 2014. "Explaining Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Inbound FDI Location in Five UK Regions," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 105(3), pages 331-348, July.
    3. Jones, Jonathan & Wren, Colin, 2008. "Foreign direct investment and prospects for the northern region," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 33137, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Chiara Criscuolo & Ralf Martin & Henry G. Overman & John Van Reenen, 2019. "Some Causal Effects of an Industrial Policy," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 109(1), pages 48-85, January.
    5. Gustavsson Tingvall, Patrik & Videnord, Josefin, 2017. "Regional Effects of Publicly Sponsored R&D Grants on SME Performance," Ratio Working Papers 289, The Ratio Institute.
    6. Wren, Colin, 2011. "Geographic concentration and the temporal scope of agglomeration economics: an index decomposition," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 58351, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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