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Foreign Direct Investment and Wages in Indonesian Manufacturing


Robert E. Lipsey


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) at New York (Deceased)

Fredrik Sjoholm


Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

May 2001

NBER Working Paper No. w8299

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This paper asks two types of questions. One is about the behavior of foreign-owned firms in Indonesian labor markets and the other is about the effect of the presence of foreign-owned firms on Indonesian wages. We ask first whether foreign-owned plants pay a higher price for labor, that is, more than locally-owned plants for workers of a given quality, as we can measure it. We then ask whether foreign-owned plants pay a higher price for labor given the characteristics of the plants such as their size, industry, and location. The answer is that foreign firms do pay a higher price, and even a higher price given their plant characteristics. The second set of questions is whether a larger presence of foreign-owned plants results in higher wages in locally-owned plants and overall. Higher foreign presence leads to higher wages in locally-owned plants. Since the foreign plants also pay higher wages than locally-owned ones, the two factors together mean that higher foreign presence raises the general wage level in a province and industry.

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Date posted: May 17, 2001  

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Lipsey, Robert E. and Sjoholm, Fredrik, Foreign Direct Investment and Wages in Indonesian Manufacturing (May 2001). NBER Working Paper No. w8299. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=270369

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Robert E. Lipsey (Contact Author)
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) at New York (Deceased)
Fredrik Sjoholm
Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics ( email )
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Sveavagen 65
S-113 83 Stockholm
Sweden
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