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Spillovers from FDI through Labour Mobility: An Empirical note from Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2016 (English)In: Regional Science Policy & Practice, E-ISSN 1757-7802, ISSN 1757-7802, Vol. 8, no 3, 111-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates labour mobility flows between foreign firms and domestic employers in Sweden, which is done from the perspective that inter-firm mobility is a potential source of spillovers from FDI. After reviewing related literature, the study identifies potential knowledge spillover agents and examines the spatial extent of labour mobility patterns within and between 72 functional local labour market regions, including the effect of distance. Empirical results are provided on the frequency and relative importance of spillover agents across Sweden. Although the study neither provides any final answer for the underlying reasons for these flows nor their effect on domestic firms or local economies, which are questions left for future studies, it argues that the spatial dimension may have important implications for spillover effects to arise.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 8, no 3, 111-125 p.
Keyword [en]
Foreign direct investment, Knowledge spillover agents, Local labour market mobility, Sweden
National Category
Economic Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125904DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12077ISI: 000385357300002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84988920330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-125904DiVA: diva2:641312
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QC 20161129

Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Essays on the Interplay between Multinational Enterprises and Spatial Economies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Essays on the Interplay between Multinational Enterprises and Spatial Economies
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis concerns the interplay between multinational enterprises (MNE) and spatial economies, with an orientation towards the location and spillover effects of inward foreign direct investments (FDI). The thesis consists of four essays that are self-contained studies. The first essay relates to the shift away from FDI in manufacturing to services and examines whether service FDI locates differently from manufacturing FDI. The second essay concerns the relationship between FDI and public incentives and whether investment promotion schemes are useful to attract FDI. The third essay examines the link between human capital and FDI and how different types of skilled workers influence FDI location. Taken together, these three essays examine conditions and factors that determine the location decision of foreign MNEs in the contemporary era of globalisation. The forth essay examines whether labour mobility is a potential source for spillovers from FDI in a spatial context. Although the latter essay does not provide any final answer to whether spillovers actually arise through this channel, it shows that the potentials for an effect to arise are larger in some regions than others because there are very few or no such knowledge spillover agents in many parts of the country. The thesis concludes by discussing the link between FDI and the policy work on regional development, and some avenues for future studies.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. 34 p.
Series
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2013:04
Keyword
Multinational Enterprises, Foreign Direct Investment, Firm location, Spillovers, Regional Development Policy and Analysis, Spatial Distributions of Economic Activity, Functional regions, Sweden
National Category
Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125898 (URN)978-91-7501-763-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-09-05, Sal F3 (Sing-Sing), Lindstedtsvägen 26, entréplan, KTH, Stockholm, 09:30 (English)
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QC 20130816

Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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