Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Discussion Paper Series in Economics,
Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

No 10/2015: Ownership change and its implications for the match between the plant and its workers.

Ragnhild Balsvik () and Stefanie A. Haller ()
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Ragnhild Balsvik: Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Economics, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway
Stefanie A. Haller: University College Dublin, School of Economics, Postal: University College Dublin, School of Economics, Belfi eld, Dublin 4, Ireland

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 eff ects.

JEL-codes: F23; F66; J20

40 pages, May 18, 2015

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