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Multinational firms and job tasks


  • Nilsson Hakkala, Katariina
  • Heyman, Fredrik
  • Sjöholm, Fredrik


We analyze the impact of multinational and foreign ownership on the demand for job tasks and educational skills. By using Swedish matched employer-employee data, we find that both foreign and domestic multinational firms have high shares of non-routine tasks and tasks requiring personal interaction. Moreover, acquisitions of local firms by multinationals increase the relative demand for non-routine and interactive job tasks in the targeted firms. The differences in the demand for job tasks are only partly explained by firm characteristics. Dividing employees by education instead of job tasks does not result in the same effects on relative labor demand, which shows that task measures do indeed capture a new labor market aspect.

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  • Nilsson Hakkala, Katariina & Heyman, Fredrik & Sjöholm, Fredrik, 2009. "Multinational firms and job tasks," Working Papers 8, VATT Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:fer:wpaper:8

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    1. Becker, Sascha O. & Ekholm, Karolina & Muendler, Marc-Andreas, 2013. "Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(1), pages 91-106.
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    FDI; Cross-Border Acquisitions; Multinational Enterprises; Foreign Ownership; Job Tasks; Labor Demand; Skill Groups; Labour market; Työmarkkinat; Labor market and policies promoting economic growth; Työmarkkinat ja kasvua tukeva politiikka; F160 - Trade and Labor Market Interactions; F210 - International Investment; Long-term Capital Movements; F230 - Multinational Firms; International Business (International Competitiveness); J230 - Employment Determination; Job Creation; Demand for Labor; Self-Employment;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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