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Domestic Multinationals, Foreign Affiliates, and Labour Demand Elasticities

Olivier Godart, Holger Görg () and Sir David Greenaway ()

No 7061, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using information on a panel of multinational firms operating in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005, we find that labour demand in domestic multinationals is less sensitive to labour cost changes than in foreign multinationals. This difference in the wage elasticity of labour demand persists even when we control for the skill intensity of firms or their level of intangible assets. This is in line with an interpretation that the provision of headquarter services in domestic multinational firms protects against strong fluctuations in labour demand. Overall, our results suggest that the wage elasticity of labour demand is about 40 percent lower in domestic than in foreign multinationals.

Keywords: skill intensity; labour demand elasticity; multinational firms; headquarter services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-12
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Published in: Review of World Economics, 2013, 149 (4), 611-630

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