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The impact of outward investments on parent company's employment and skill composition

Castellani, D., Mariotti, I. and Piscitello, L. (2008) The impact of outward investments on parent company's employment and skill composition. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 19 (1). pp. 81-94. ISSN 0954349X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2007.11.006


This paper investigates the impact of outward foreign direct investment (FDI) by Italian multinationals on their total employment and skill composition. Specifically, by comparing data on 108 Italian manufacturing firms that became multinational (for the first time) in the period 1998–2004 with a counterfactual group of 2500 national firms that remained national in the same period, we provide descriptive and econometric evidence that the internationalisation of production activities did not reduce domestic employment in the parent companies neither for investments in developed or developing countries. As far as the skill composition is concerned, results reveal that only firms investing in Central and Eastern European countries experience some skill upgrading relative to firms that remained national.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:44409

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