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Firm Structure, Multinationals, and Manufacturing Plant Deaths

Published on May 1, 2007in The Review of Economics and Statistics3.636
· DOI :10.2139/ssrn.931421
Andrew B. Bernard43
Estimated H-index: 43
(Dartmouth College),
J. Bradford Jensen30
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Abstract
Plant shutdowns shape industry productivity, the dynamics of employment, and industrial restructuring. Plant closures account for more than half of gross job destruction in US manufacturing. This paper examines the effects of firm structure on US manufacturing plant closures. Plants belonging to multi-plant firms and those owned by US multinationals are less likely to exit. However, the superior survival chances are due to the characteristics of the plants rather than the nature of the firms. Controlling for plant and industry attributes, we find that plants owned by multi-unit firms and US multinationals are much more likely to close.
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