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'Make-or-Buy' in International Oligopoly and the Role of Competitive Pressure

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  • Dermot Leahy
  • Catia Montagna

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The aim of this paper is to make a first step towards studying the role of social expenditure and its interaction with corporate taxation in determining the destination of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows. Using panel data for 18 OECD countries and measuring the extent of social welfare policies by the (public social expenditure)/GDP ratio, we find strong support for the conjecture that redistributive social welfare state policies are valued by multinationals as, for instance, they may signal a government’s commitment to social stability.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 197.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:dun:dpaper:197

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Keywords: Outsourcing; Vertical Integration; Trade Liberalisation; Oligopoly;

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Cited by:
  1. Franz-Josef Bade & Eckhardt Bode & Eleonora Cutrini, 2012. "Spatial fragmentation of industries by functions," Working Papers 39-2012, Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE), revised Feb 2012.
  2. Dermot Leahy & Catia Montagna, 2010. "Strategic Investment And International Outsourcing In Unionised Oligopoly," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 231, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.
  3. Görg, Holger & Hanley, Aoife, 2009. "Services Outsourcing and Innovation: An Empirical Investigation," IZA Discussion Papers 4404, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Leahy, Dermot & Montagna, Catia, 2008. "Outsourcing versus FDI in oligopoly equilibrium," SIRE Discussion Papers 2008-39, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  5. Eckhardt Bode & Franz-Josef Bade Bade & Eleonora Cutrini Cutrini, 2011. "Domestic and International Offshoring of Tasks," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1840, European Regional Science Association.

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