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Human capital, skills and competencies: Varying effects on inward FDI in the EU context

Constantina Kottaridi (), Konstantina Louloudi and Sotiris Karkalakos

International Business Review, 2019, vol. 28, issue 2, 375-390

Abstract: The primary objective of this paper is to provide a comprehensive investigation on the role of human capital, skills and competencies in the location of inward FDI by comparing Western (EU15) and Central and Eastern (CEE) European Union (EU) members. We go beyond existing studies by examining an extensive list of traditional and newly advanced measures capturing human capital, even differing schooling systems as well as skills and competencies. We assess, for the first time in the FDI literature, vocational vs. general education, following the Vocational and Educational Programs of the EU as well as quality human capital aspects as captured by international scores. Results indicate a major difference regarding theoretical and vocational education programs for both sub-regions; in addition, a major difference is obtained for particular qualifications in international scores. There is evidence for potential internal and external inefficiency in education in CEE countries in contrast to the EU15, which calls for re-evaluation and re-structuring in their education system towards more efficient use of funds; this would earn investors’ trust and meet labor markets’ demands, thus stimulate more and higher value added foreign investments. Results also point to useful implications for managers who should watch closely education reforms.

Keywords: FDI; Human capital; Skills; European Union (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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