Exploring variations in employment practices in the emerging economies of Europe : assessing the impact of foreign ownership and European integration

Sahadev, Sunil and Demirbag, Mehmet (2011) Exploring variations in employment practices in the emerging economies of Europe : assessing the impact of foreign ownership and European integration. Human Resource Management, 21 (4). pp. 395-414. ISSN 0090-4848

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Abstract

Few studies have assessed the impact of European Union (EU) integration on the emerging economies of Europe, especially with regard to employment practices. In this study, we focus on three aspects of employment practices and assess whether EU integration has lead to any differences between the emerging economies aligned to the EU and those that remain out of the EU fold. This comparison is quite valid because the emerging economies that we compare have all had a similar background in terms of their economic systems. We use a large World Bank database to compare domestically owned and foreign-owned firms separately. The results show that, while there is some level of divergence between the two blocs of countries in terms of the percentage of temporary employees and education level of employees, in terms of the percentage of skilled workers employed, however, there is no divergence between firms in the two blocs of countries.