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Seeking greener pastures: a theoretical and empirical investigation into the changing trend of foreign direct investment flows in response to institutional and strategic factors

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  • Sethi, Deepak
  • Guisinger, Stephen
  • Ford, David L.
  • Phelan, Steven E.
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    A generic theoretical model is proposed that provides a holistic conceptualization of the phenomenon of changing trend of FDI flows. Integrating both institutional and strategic factors, a rationale for such a change is provided, and the circumstances under which future shifts might take place are identified. A collection of criteria and incentives that various host governments and their agencies must provide to attract FDI are outlined. Several propositions that lead to empirically testable hypotheses are developed from this model. Statistical evidence is then provided of a shift in FDI flows, and the change in their determinants, by empirically analyzing investment by US multinational enterprises into Western Europe and Asia over the 20-year period, 1981-2000.

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    Volume (Year): 11 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 685-705

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    Keywords: Foreign direct investment International business Multinational enterprise strategy Institutions Incentives;

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