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Intellectual property protection, market orientation and location of overseas R&D activities by multinational enterprises

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  • Kumar, Nagesh

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This paper develops an analytical framework to explain the determinants of location of overseas R&D by MNEs in terms of the nature and extent of FDI and host country resources and policy regimes. Empirical findings for U.S. MNEs suggest that MNEs prefer to locate their R&D activities in countries that are able to offer them, among other particulars, larger markets, technological resources and infrastructure. Host market-oriented affiliates are more likely to have R&D units than the export-oriented ones, especially in developing countries. The relative strength of patent regime appears to affect the direction rather than the magnitude of R&D investments made in a country.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 24 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 673-688

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:24:y:1996:i:4:p:673-688

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