Brian McCaig, Wilfrid Laurier University – University of Copenhagen

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Brian McCaig, Wilfrid Laurier University

"Foreign direct investment and schooling: Evidence from Vietnam"


This paper examines the impacts on education of the rapid growth of FDI jobs in Vietnam between 2000 and 2008. We exploit the variation in  timing of FDI job growth across provinces in Vietnam. Using a combination of cohort analysis from census data and individual panel data from household surveys we show that FDI job creation is associated with a reduction in education concentrated among individuals transitioning from lower secondary to upper secondary. The impact is larger among females and those living in urban areas.

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