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Worker-Plant Matching and Ownership Change


  • Ragnhild Balsvik
  • Stefanie Haller


Is ownership change an opportunity for new owners to make systematic changes in the workforce of the acquired plant? We document changes to the workforce along observable and unobservable dimensions of worker quality around ownership change using matched employer-employee data. We observe above average separations of workers around domestic acquisitions. This is associated with a decline in unobserved worker quality in the plant. Foreign acquisitions are not associated with above average worker turnover, instead new foreign owners share rents with the high skilled workers that are already in the plant before the acquisition.

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  • Ragnhild Balsvik & Stefanie Haller, 2019. "Worker-Plant Matching and Ownership Change," CESifo Working Paper Series 7906, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_7906

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    multinational firms; acquisitions; worker reallocation; unobserved fixed effects;

    JEL classification:

    • F66 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Labor
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General


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