Government Grants, Plant Survival and Employment Growth: A Micro-Econometric Analysis

34 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2003

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Sourafel Girma

Nottingham University Business School

Holger Görg

University of Kiel; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 2003

Abstract

In this paper we analyse the impact of governmental grant provision on plant performance. To this end we utilise rich information derived from three data sources for the manufacturing sector in Ireland, where grant provision has been an important part of the industrial policy. We use a matching technique combined with a difference-in-differences estimator in the empirical analysis. Our results indicate that particularly capital related, but also other types of grants can provide an important impetus to plant survival and employment growth. We also discover some differences in terms of the effectiveness of grants between foreign multinationals and domestic plants. Specifically, while grants have helped to stimulate employment creation in multinationals, they may not always be an effective way of ensuring that these remain in the host country. In contrast, grants have in general been successful in not only helping domestic plants to survive longer, but also to create more jobs.

Keywords: government assistance, grants, employment, survival, matching, difference-in-differences

JEL Classification: J2, L2, H2

Suggested Citation

Girma, Sourafel and Gorg, Holger and Strobl, Eric, Government Grants, Plant Survival and Employment Growth: A Micro-Econometric Analysis (July 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 838. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=435060

Sourafel Girma

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

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Holger Gorg (Contact Author)

University of Kiel ( email )

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Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences ( email )

Ecole Polytechnique
Department of Economics
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France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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