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The Analysis of Firms and EmployeesQuantitative and Qualitative Approaches$
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Stefan Bender, Julia Lane, and Kathryn L. Shaw

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226042879

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226042893.001.0001

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Job Creation Abroad and Worker Retention at Home

Job Creation Abroad and Worker Retention at Home

(p.309) 10 Job Creation Abroad and Worker Retention at Home
The Analysis of Firms and Employees

Sascha O. Becker

Marc-Andreas Muendler

University of Chicago Press

The employment consequences of multinational enterprises' (MNEs) global expansions receive substantial public interest. Surprisingly, however, data at the job or worker level are rarely available to investigate this issue in more detail. This chapter presents such novel data for Germany and provides evidence on worker separations across industries and firm types—with a particular focus on the distinction between firms that are expanding abroad through ownership of foreign affiliates and those that are not. Contrary to a wide-held perception, both among researchers and in the general public, MNEs offer more stable jobs at home, thus contributing to job creation, and exhibit lower worker separation rates than their competitors without foreign expansions do. The chapter explores this difference in separation rates by relating it to foreign direct investment expansions in Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide.

Keywords:   multinational enterprises, Germany, worker separation, job creation, foreign direct investment, Europe, foreign expansions, employment

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