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Employment Effects of Privatisation and Foreign Acquisition of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

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  • Gong, Yundan

    () (Aston University)

  • Görg, Holger

    () (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

  • Maioli, Sara

    () (Newcastle University)

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of domestic privatisation or foreign acquisition of Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on employment growth, using firm level data for China and a combination of propensity score matching and difference-in-differences in order to identify the causal effect. Our results suggest that, controlling for output growth there is some evidence that domestic privatisation leads to contemporaneous reductions in employment growth compared to firms that did not undergo an ownership change. By contrast, there is some evidence that foreign acquisitions show higher employment growth in the post acquisition period than non-acquired SOEs.

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  • Gong, Yundan & Görg, Holger & Maioli, Sara, 2006. "Employment Effects of Privatisation and Foreign Acquisition of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises," IZA Discussion Papers 2453, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Olena Havrylchyk & Sandra Poncet, 2007. "Foreign Direct Investment in China: Reward or Remedy?," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(11), pages 1662-1681, November.
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    6. John Sutherland Earle & Almos Telegdy, 2011. "Medium-Term Industrial Labor Demand Forecast for Hungary," Budapest Working Papers on the Labour Market 1111, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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    Keywords

    employment growth; foreign acquisition; privatisation; difference-in-differences;

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    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business

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