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Regional economic integration and the location of multinational enterprises

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  • Carlo Altomonte

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    (Universita' Bocconi and KU-Leuven)

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A theoretical model of international location choice is analyzed in a context of regional economic integration in which, consistently with the most recent evidence, countries conclude multilateral free trade agreements. Controlling for individual country and industry characteristics, it is found that in such a setup both vertical and horizontal multinational firms benefit from positive profit opportunities, with the interested region experiencing a parallel evolution of trade and FDI flows. After providing some empirical evidence of this finding, the model is tested through a probit panel estimation of FDI determinants in Central and Eastern Europe over the 1990-1998 period.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 152.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2004
Date of revision: Jan 2004
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp152

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  1. Jean-François HOARAU, 2009. "Investissements Directs Étrangers Et Intégration Régionale : Un État Des Lieux Pour Le Marché Commun D’Afrique De L’Est Et Du Sud," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 29, pages 69-103.
  2. Park, Innwon & Park, Soonchan, 2006. "Reform-creating regional trade agreements and foreign direct investment: applications for East Asia," MPRA Paper 1817, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jan 2007.
  3. Köller, Mareike, 2006. "Ausländische Direktinvestitionen in Irland: Eine theoriegestützte Analyse," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 58, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
  4. Julia Kubny & Florian Mölders & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2008. "Regional Integration and FDI in Emerging Markets," Kiel Working Papers 1418, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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