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Multinational Firms in the World Economy

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  • Giorgio Barba Navaretti

    (Dipartimento di Economia, Management e Metodi quantitiativi (DEMM), University of Milan
    Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, Milan)

  • Anthony J. Venables

    (Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London
    Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies (OxCarre), Department of Economics, Oxford University)

Abstract

Depending on one's point of view, multinational enterprises are either the heroes or the villains of the globalized economy. Governments compete fiercely for foreign direct investment by such companies, but complain when firms go global and move their activities elsewhere. Multinationals are seen by some as threats to national identities and wealth and are accused of riding roughshod over national laws and of exploiting cheap labor. However, the debate on these companies and foreign direct investment is rarely grounded on sound economic arguments. This book brings clarity to the debate. With the contribution of other leading experts, Giorgio Barba Navaretti and Anthony Venables assess the determinants of multinationals' actions, investigating why their activity has expanded so rapidly, and why some countries have seen more such activity than others. They analyze their effects on countries that are recipients of inward investments, and on those countries that see multinational firms moving jobs abroad. The arguments are made using modern advances in economic analysis, a case study, and by drawing on the extensive empirical literature that assesses the determinants and consequences of activity by multinationals. The treatment is rigorous, yet accessible to all readers with a background in economics, whether students or professionals. Drawing out policy implications, the authors conclude that multinational enterprises are generally a force for the promotion of prosperity in the world economy.

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This book is provided by Princeton University Press in its series Economics Books with number 7832 and published in 2006.

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Edition: 1
Handle: RePEc:pup:pbooks:7832

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Keywords: multinational enterprises; foreign investment; national identities; globalized economy; inward investments; prosperity;

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  1. Kinda, Tidiane, 2009. "Foreign ownership, sales to multinationals, and firm efficiency: The Case of Brazil, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, and Vietnam," MPRA Paper 19160, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Kinda, Tidiane, 2007. "Increasing private capital flows to developing countries: The role of physical and financial infrastructure," MPRA Paper 19163, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Michael Moritz & Johannes Schaeffler, 2012. "Regional Distribution of German-Czech Multinationals on the Domestic Market," ERSA conference papers ersa12p519, European Regional Science Association.
  4. Tidiane KINDA, 2010. "Increasing Private Capital Flows To Developing Countries: The Role Of Physical And Financial Infrastructure In 58 Countries, 1970-2003," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 10(2).
  5. G. Faber & M. Gerritse, 2012. "Deep determinants or interactions: explaining spatial patterns in human rights," Working Papers 12-17, Utrecht School of Economics.
  6. Strecker, Nora & Egger, Peter & Radulescu, Doina, 2012. "Effective Labor Taxation and the International Location of Headquarters," Annual Conference 2012 (Goettingen): New Approaches and Challenges for the Labor Market of the 21st Century 62086, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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