Does Local Business Ownership Insulate Cities from Economic Shocks?
Public Policy Institute of California
University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4415
We assess a prominent argument for local economic policies that favor locally-owned businesses ﾖ namely, that locally-owned firms are more likely to internalize the costs to the community of decisions to reduce employment and hence help to insulate cities from adverse economic shocks. We test this argument by examining how establishment-level employment responses to economic shocks are affected by establishment ownership. We find evidence hat some types of local ownership do insulate regions from economic shocks, although the clearest benefits do not come from small, independent businesses, but instead from corporate headquarters and, to a lesser extent, from small, locally-owned chains.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: employment stability, employment shocks, local ownership
JEL Classification: R11, R38, J23
Date posted: October 15, 2009