Ownership Change and its Implications for the Match between the Plant and its Workers.

42 Pages Posted: 21 May 2015

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Ragnhild Balsvik

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Stefanie Haller

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: May 18, 2015

Abstract

Is ownership change an opportunity for new owners to make systematic changes in the workforce of the acquired plant? This paper explores the adjustments to plant size and the composition of the workforce that occur around ownership change using matched employer-employee data. Furthermore, we explore changes in the workforce along unobservable dimensions of worker quality and the quality of the match between the plant and its workers. We observe excess labour turnover around ownership change, but only in the case of foreign acquisitions do we find an improvement in unobserved worker and match quality at the plant level.

Keywords: Ownership change, matched employer-employee data, multinationals, worker reallocation, unobserved fixed effects.

JEL Classification: F66, F23, J20.

Suggested Citation

Balsvik, Ragnhild and Haller, Stefanie, Ownership Change and its Implications for the Match between the Plant and its Workers. (May 18, 2015). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 10/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2608828

Ragnhild Balsvik (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

Stefanie Haller

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

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