Growing Against the Background of Colonization? Chinese Labor Market and FDI in a Historical Perspective

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Hao Wang

Brunel University London - Department of Economics and Finance

Jan Fidrmuc

Brunel University - Department of Economics and Finance; L.E.M., Université de Lille; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Institute for Strategy and Analysis, Government Office of the Slovak Republic

Yunhua Tian

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

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Date Written: May 30, 2018

Abstract

This article investigates how the legacy of colonization shapes the impact of inward FDI on employment in the Chinese labor market. The analysis utilizes provincial panel on overall employment and employment in the service sector during 2006-15. We find that inward FDI significantly promotes employment and that this relationship is stronger in regions once colonized by Western countries. Conversely, regions with a legacy of Japanese colonization display a weaker, and even negative, relationship between FDI and employment. These findings are robust to controlling for the length and intensity of colonization, as well as for endogeneity of FDI.

Keywords: foreign direct investment, colonization, human capital, China

JEL Classification: F21, F54, O15

Suggested Citation

Wang, Hao and Fidrmuc, Jan and Fidrmuc, Jan and Tian, Yunhua, Growing Against the Background of Colonization? Chinese Labor Market and FDI in a Historical Perspective (May 30, 2018). BOFIT Discussion Paper No. 14/2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3188748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3188748

Hao Wang (Contact Author)

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Yunhua Tian

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Collaborative Innovation Center for Silk Road
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