Economics Seminar Series: Bring the boys back home: The impact of foreign divestments on local firms
- Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021, 13:00 – 14:30
- Location: Online
- Type: Seminars and lectures
- Cost: Free
You are invited to a Zoom Seminar on "Bring the boys back home: The impact of foreign divestments on local firms" by Holger Gorg
Divestments by foreign multinationals are an important phenomenon that is largely neglected in the literature. We use firm level panel data from China to estimate the impact of such divestments on the performance of domestic firms in the local economy. To the best of our knowledge, there is no empirical study that has looked at these effects. Our results suggest that, overall, domestic firms may be able to benefit from divestments by foreign firms through spillovers. We find evidence suggesting that the positive overall effect for private firms is driven by movement of workers from the divested firm to the local firm, as well as by a reduction in competition reducing crowding out. SOEs, by contrast, are negatively affected by loss of technology transfer and customer-supplier relationships with foreign firms.
All are welcome to attend.