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Multinational companies, backward linkages and labour demand elasticities

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  • Frank Walsh
  • Holger Görg
  • Michael Henry
  • Eric Strobl

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This paper investigates the link between nationality of ownership and wage elasticities of labour demand at the level of the plant. In particular, we examine whether labour demand in multinationals becomes less elastic with respect to the wage if the plant has backward linkages with the local economy. Our empirical evidence, based on a rich plant level dataset, shows that the extent of local linkages indeed reduces the wage elasticity of labour demand. This result is economically important and holds for a number of different specifications.

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  • Frank Walsh & Holger Görg & Michael Henry & Eric Strobl, 2006. "Multinational companies, backward linkages and labour demand elasticities," Working Papers 200628, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    Keywords

    Labour demand; Elasticities; Linkages; Multinational companies; Labor demand; Elasticity (Economics); International business enterprises;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production

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