The Impact of Multinational Firms on the Host/Home Country Affecting Local Inequality (Working Group on “Multinational Corporations”)

The main topic of the 2017 EADI Conference will be:”Globalisation at the Crossroads: Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries”. The Working Group on Multinational Corporations will address this issue from the angles of multinational corporations and host/home economies: how the former impact on the local economy, and if that impact contributes to changes in local inequalities.

First, we would like to address the following questions from the point of view of the host economies: What are the main channels through which a local subsidiary of a multinational company exercises an impact on the local economy, and which of these are especially linked with local inequalities between people and firms? Does the origin of the multinational firm (from developed or emerging economies) result in different local impacts? How do the initial characteristics of the host country influence this local impact? How can economic policy efficiently influence the local impact of multinationals and direct it to the desired directions? How can the concept of sustainability be introduced into the local activities of multinationals and into local policies dealing with them?

Second, from the point of view of home countries, the following questions are to be addressed: how do multinational companies influence inequalities in their home economies, especially in the area of employment and regions? Which policies of the home country government may impact upon this effect? How does the latter relate to host country policies?

Submissions are expected on the above as well as related topics.


Eric Rugraff, University of Strasbourg, France

Michael W. Hansen, Centre for Business and Development Studies, Denmark

Magdolna Sass, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary