Blessing or Curse? Domestic Plants' Survival and Employment Prospects after Foreign Acquisition

35 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2001

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Sourafel Girma

Nottingham University Business School

Holger Görg

University of Kiel; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Date Written: October 2001

Abstract

This Paper investigates whether the acquisition of a domestic establishment by a foreign owner has any effects, positive or negative, on the survival prospects and employment growth of that plant. The empirical analysis uses data from the Annual Respondents Database (ARD) for the UK electronics industry for the period 1980 to 1993. Estimating a standard hazard model including a dummy variable for the incidence of acquisition yields the result that foreign take-over reduces the lifetime of the acquired plant. Estimations of the determinants of employment growth in domestic plants provide some evidence that the incidence of take-over reduces employment growth, in particular for unskilled labour. Both survival and employment growth estimations do not appear to be subject to endogeneity problems.

Keywords: Foreign direct investment, acquisitions, survival, employment growth

JEL Classification: C41, F23, L63

Suggested Citation

Girma, Sourafel and Gorg, Holger, Blessing or Curse? Domestic Plants' Survival and Employment Prospects after Foreign Acquisition (October 2001). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 2994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=288355

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Holger Gorg

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