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Exposure to OFDI and regional labour markets: evidence for routine and non-routine jobs in Great Britain

Gagliardi, Luisa, Iammarino, Simona ORCID: 0000-0001-9450-1700 and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2021) Exposure to OFDI and regional labour markets: evidence for routine and non-routine jobs in Great Britain. Journal of Economic Geography, 21 (5). 783 - 806. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeg/lbaa040


This article explores the role of subnational geography in the analysis of the consequences of Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) for workers performing different typologies of jobs. We qualify jobs according to their knowledge content, degree of tradability and response to agglomeration economies. While the former two dimensions are key to signal the intensity to OFDI exposure of different typologies of jobs, the latter contributes to explain the unequal spatial distribution of benefits and losses from OFDI in terms of job creation/destruction. We theorise areas that are more severely exposed to OFDI experience job losses in routine occupations, whereas they do not necessarily benefit from job creation in non-routine jobs. To test our hypothesis, we make use of a balanced panel dataset at the local labour market level, exploiting variations in OFDI exposure and in the job composition of local areas. Our findings—robust to numerous checks, including unobserved global and local trends—indicate that job losses concentrate in regions that were more exposed to OFDI based on their initial industry mix, and affect individuals performing mainly routine tasks. In these same areas, however, no significant effects are found when looking at job creation in non-routine occupations.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 11:54
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 17:06

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