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Foreign-Owned Firms and U.S. Wages

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  • Robert E. Lipsey

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Foreign-owned establishments in the United States pay higher wages, on average, than domestically-owned establishments. The foreign-owned establishments tend to be in higher-wage industries and also to pay higher wages within industries. They tend to locate in lower-wage states, but to pay more than domestically-owned firms within industries within states. Wages in general and wages in domestically-owned establishments tend to be higher in states and industries in which foreign-owned establishments account for a larger proportion of employment. Foreign-owned establishments that were new in 1990, mostly takeovers, had lower than average wage levels in that year but larger increases between 1990 and 1991. Increases in sales per worker and average wages were larger where employment growth was lower, possibly an indication that lower-productivity, lower-wage workers were dropped by the new owners.

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  • Robert E. Lipsey, 1994. "Foreign-Owned Firms and U.S. Wages," NBER Working Papers 4927, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4927 Note: ITI LS
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    1. Robert E. Lipsey & Birgitta Swedenborg, 1981. "Foreign Takeovers of Swedish Firms," NBER Working Papers 0641, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Robert E. Lipsey & Linda O'Connor, 1982. "Swedish Firms Acquired by Foreigners: A Comparison of Before and After Takeover," NBER Working Papers 1022, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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