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Sung-Ju Wu

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Duke University

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Here is my recent research with links and abstracts.

Working Papers

Firm Ownership and Trade Response to Foreign Demand Shocks
Job market paper | Draft coming soon

Firm and Labor Adjustments to FDI Liberalization, February 2023
with Ming-Jen Lin and Yi-Ting Wang | PDF | SSRN | Slides
Revise and Resubmit, Journal of International Economics

  • Abstract

    This paper studies how liberalizing outward foreign direct investments (FDI) affects manufacturers' engagement in global production and their domestic workers' labor market outcomes. Focusing on a liberalization policy in 2001 by the government of Taiwan that allowed 122 electronic products to be produced in China, we estimate its effect on Taiwanese electronic manufacturers and their domestic workers. Employing a matched difference-in-differences strategy, we find that the manufacturers targeted by the policy were on average 16% more likely to invest in China relative to the non-targeted ones. Correspondingly, the domestic workers initially employed by the targeted manufacturers were on average more likely to change their jobs, stay employed for fewer years, and have lower wages in subsequent years relative to those employed by the non-targeted ones. The worker-level effects of the policy exhibited substantial heterogeneity across the initial wage distribution, with the top-decile workers benefiting and the other workers losing on average.

Work in Progress

The Dynamics of Global Production
Slides available upon request

The Regional Effect of FDI Composition Change in Vietnam
Slides available upon request