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Multinational Firms: Easy Come, Easy Go?

Jan I. Haaland, Ian Wooton () and Giulia Faggio ()

FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, 2002, vol. 59, issue 1, 3-26

Abstract: It is often argued that countries with more flexible labor markets are better placed in attracting inward investment from multinational firms (MNEs). This is an issue when there is uncertainty in the marketplace and the firm faces some risk of closure of its branch plant. We study the MNE's location choice, explicitly taking into account exit, as well as entry, costs. We show that worker protection, through lay-off rules, deters potential investment in risky industries. Using evidence on MNE investment in Eastern Europe, we find support for our prediction that labor-market flexibility makes a location more attractive to the MNE.

JEL-codes: D92 F12 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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