De Economist

, 159:511

Foreign Investors in The Netherlands: Heterogeneous Employment and Productivity Effects


DOI: 10.1007/s10645-011-9174-5

Cite this article as:
Fortanier, F. & Moons, S.J.V. De Economist (2011) 159: 511. doi:10.1007/s10645-011-9174-5


Recent academic research suggests that the effects of inward foreign direct investment for productivity and employment may vary across foreign investors with different characteristics. Using a newly created dataset that integrates micro-level information from The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and Statistics Netherlands, this paper explores the role of several of these characteristics, including e.g. the country of origin, activities and tasks, age and strategic role of foreign affiliates in The Netherlands in the 2000–2007 period. Our analysis shows that important employment and productivity differences exist for nearly all these dimensions.


Employment Firm heterogeneity Foreign direct investment Labour productivity Multinational enterprises 

JEL Classification

F21 F23 J21 J24 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Statistics Netherlands & University of AmsterdamHeerlenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and InnovationThe HagueThe Netherlands

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