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Multinational firms and job tasks

  • Katariina Nilsson Hakkala
  • Fredrik Heyman
  • Fredrik Sjöholm

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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Paper provided by Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT) in its series Working Papers with number 8.

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Date of creation: 22 Jul 2009
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