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Outward Foreign Direct Investment and Domestic Performance: the Italian Manufacturing and Services Sectors

Cesare Imbriani (), Rosanna Pittiglio () and Filippo Reganati ()

Atlantic Economic Journal, 2011, vol. 39, issue 4, pages 369-381

Abstract: How does outward foreign direct investment (FDI) affect employment and productivity growth in the home country? Does the impact of outward investment differ among manufacturing and service sectors? In this paper we analyze the effects of investing abroad using firm-level data for Italy for the period 2003–2006. We adopt matching techniques in combination with a difference-in-difference estimator in order to investigate the causal effect of becoming multinational on domestic employment and productivity. Preliminary results suggest that Italian outward FDI has limited effects on domestic employment and performance of internationalizing firms on average. However, results significantly differ depending on the sector (manufacturing versus services) where the MNEs are operating. In particular, we find that while in the manufacturing sector, outward FDI tends to strengthen both productivity and, to less extent, employment. In the service sector, we find a negative effect on employment (two years after the investment). Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2011

Keywords: MNEs; Propensity score matching; Productivity; Employment; F23; D21; C14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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