Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Ownership change and its implications for the match between the plant and its workers.
() and Stefanie A. Haller
Abstract: Is ownership change an opportunity for new owners to make
systematic changes in the workforce of the acquired plant? This paper
explores the adjustments to plant size and the composition of the workforce
that occur around ownership change using matched employer-employee data.
Furthermore, we explore changes in the workforce along unobservable
dimensions of worker quality and the quality of the match between the plant
and its workers. We observe excess labour turnover around ownership change,
but only in the case of foreign acquisitions do we find an improvement in
unobserved worker and match quality at the plant level.
Keywords: Ownership change; matched employer-employee data; multinationals; worker reallocation; unobserved fi xed effects.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F23; F66; J20; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, May 18, 2015
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