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Transparency, Specialization and FDI (new title: Corporate Transparency, Cream-Skimming and FDI)

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  • Assaf Razin
  • Efraim Sadka

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We develop a simple information-based model of FDI flows. On the one hand, the relative abundance of “intangible" capital in specialized industries in the source countries, which presumably generates expertise in screening investment projects in the host countries, enhances FDI flows. On the other hand, host-country relative corporate-transparency diminishes the value of this expertise, thereby reducing the flow of FDI. The model also demonstrates that the gains for the host country from foreign direct investment [over foreign portfolio investment (FPI)] are reflected in a more efficient size of the stock of domestic capital and its allocation across firms. These gains are shown to depend crucially (and positively) on the degree of competition among FDI investors.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1161.

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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1161

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