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Multinational Firms: Easy Come, Easy Go?

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  • Haaland, Jan I.
  • Wooton, Ian

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Although many countries welcome inward investments by multinational firms (MNEs), it is often perceived that MNEs readily close down production in bad times. We study the choice of an MNE in deciding whether to establish a branch plant within a region, explicitly taking into account exit, as well as entry, costs. Protecting workers by having strict lay-off rules deters potential investment while subsidies attract it. We examine the policy trade-off for a host government and investigate how uncertainty affects the attractiveness of investment in a particular location. Just how much does the ease of exit influence the entry decision?

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2660.

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Date of creation: Jan 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2660

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Keywords: Entry; Exit; Multinational Firms; Subsidies; Uncertainty;

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