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Effects of foreign acquisitions on R&D and high-skill activities
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Nationalekonomi. Growth Analysis, Studentplan 3, 831 40 Östersund, Sweden.
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Small Business Economics, ISSN 0921-898X, E-ISSN 1573-0913, Vol. 49, nr 1, s. 163-187Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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Using Swedish microdata, we find no evidence for the concerns circulating in the public debate that foreign acquisitions lead to reductions in both R&D expenditures and high-skilled activities in targeted domestic firms for either MNEs or non-MNEs. Previous studies have only focused on larger firms. In this paper, we are able to study the impact on smaller firms (fewer than 50 employees), which is important because 90% of the firms acquired by foreign enterprises meet this criterion. For this group of firms, there is no information on R&D, but by using the register of educational attainment, we obtain data on the share of high-skilled labour in all Swedish firms, irrespective of size. Interestingly, we find that among smaller firms, foreign enterprises tend to acquire high-productive, skill-intensive firms (cherry-picking). After the acquisitions, skill upgrading appears in acquired smaller, non-MNE firms, particularly in the service sector.

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2017. Vol. 49, nr 1, s. 163-187
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Foreign acquisitions, Skill upgrading, R&D intensity, Propensity score matching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137983DOI: 10.1007/s11187-016-9815-9ISI: 000405395600009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85007524899OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-137983DiVA, id: diva2:1129158
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