Foreign Ownership and Employment Growth in Indonesian Manufacturing
Fredrik Sjöholm (),
Robert Lipsey and
Additional contact information
Jing Sun: City University of New York, Postal: and Skidmore College
No 831, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics
Many developing countries would like to increase the share of modern or formal sectors in their employment. One way to accomplish this goal may be to encourage the entrance of foreign firms. They are typically relatively large, with high productivity and good access to foreign markets, and might therefore be better at creating jobs than domestic firms are. However, previous research on the issue has been limited by the paucity of long data sets for firm operations. We examine employment growth in Indonesia in a large panel of plants between 1975 and 2005, and especially in plants taken over by foreign owners from domestic ones. Employment growth is relatively high in foreign-owned establishments, although foreign firms own relatively large domestic plants, which in general grow more slowly than smaller plants. For plants that change the nationality of ownership during our period, we find a strong effect of shifts from domestic to foreign ownership in raising the growth rate of employment, but no significant effects of shifts from foreign to domestic ownership. The faster growth of employment in the foreign-owned plants in general is concentrated in the takeovers, especially in the year of acquisition. Foreign takeover of a domestically-owned plant, on average, brings a large immediate expansion of employment.
Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Employment; Indonesia; Acquisitions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 J21 J23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev and nep-sea
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (9) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: Foreign Ownership and Employment Growth in Indonesian Manufacturing (2010)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0831
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Elisabeth Gustafsson ().