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Outward FDI and Local Employment Growth in Italy

Using several data sources, we assess the impact of Italy's outward foreign direct investment (FDI) on local employment growth between 1996 and 2001 for 12 manufacturing industries and 103 administrative provinces. Our main result is that, controlling for the local industrial structure and area ¯xed e®ects, FDI is associated with faster local employment growth, relatively to the national industry average. We also ¯nd that employment in small plants is not negatively in°uenced by higher levels of FDI. Our ¯ndings do not support therefore the idea that FDI is detrimental to local employment growth in the home country.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna in its series Working Papers with number 572.

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