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Unlocking the Value of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions

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  • Steven Brakman
  • Gus Garita
  • Harry Garretsen
  • Charles van Marrewijk

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Most FDI takes place between the developed countries, which suggests that the market-seeking motive is important for understanding FDI. However, given the stylized fact that trade barriers (e.g. transportation costs and financial barriers) have declined over the past 20 years, models that aim to explain market-seeking FDI tend to predict a decline in FDI. Neary (2008) offers two explanations for this puzzle: (1) the export platform motive (where firms gain access to an integrated market by investing in one of the “integrated” countries); (2) Neary’s (2007) GOLE model, which explains cross-border mergers and acquisitions (this model is of interest since most FDI comes in the form of M&As). By using a gravity framework, where we also deal with the “zero gravity problem”, we confirm the predictions of the GOLE model.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2294.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2294

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Keywords: cross-border M&As; financial openness; economic integration;

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  1. Charles van Marrewijk & Gus Garita, 2008. "Countries of a Feather flock together," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-067/2, Tinbergen Institute, revised 19 Sep 2008.

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