Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1026: Global Engagement and the Occupational Structure of Firms

Fredrik Heyman (), Fredrik Sjöholm (), Carl Davidson (), Steven Matusz () and Susan Chun Zhu ()
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Fredrik Heyman: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik Sjöholm: Lund University
Carl Davidson: Michigan State University
Steven Matusz: Michigan State University
Susan Chun Zhu: Michigan State University

Abstract: Engagement in foreign markets can have an impact on firm organization and on the type of occupations that a firm needs. We examine the effect of globalization on the occupational mixes using detailed Swedish data that cover all firms and a representative sample of the labor force for 1997-2005. We find a robust relationship between a firm’s degree of international integration and its occupational mix. Multinationals, which are the most globally engaged firms, have a distribution of occupations skewed toward more skilled occupations. Non-multinational exporters have a distribution of occupations less skewed toward skilled compared to multinationals, but more skewed toward skilled occupations compared to Swedish non-exporters (which are the least globally engaged). Moreover, firms tend to have an even more skill intensive distribution of occupations when they mainly export to far away markets, or when they export differentiated goods. Our results are little changed (1) when we control for firm size, productivity, capital intensity, and firm age, (2) when we control for offshoring and R&D expenditures; (3) when we use alternative methods to rank occupations, or (4) when we conduct alternative robustness tests. In addition, the results are very similar for manufacturing and non-manufacturing, and for foreign and Swedish multinationals. We interpret our results using a decomposition motivated by recent theoretical models of selection into exporting and FDI.

Keywords: Occupational mix; Globalization; Multinational Enterprises

JEL-codes: F10; F20

58 pages, May 27, 2014

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