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The Influences Affecting French Assets Abroad Prior 1914

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  • Antoine Parent

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    (Université Paris 8 and MATISSE – Université Paris 1)

  • Christophe Rault

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    (Université Evry Val d’Essonne, EPEE)

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In this study we show that French foreign investment from the end of the nineteenth century until the eve of the First World War was driven by economic and financial considerations. This refutes the hitherto accepted thesis that French capital exports were motivated by diplomatic and political factors. By using economic modeling which combines microeconomic and econometric approaches, we show that the geographic distribution of French financial flows was consistent with rational economic behavior.

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Paper provided by Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne in its series Documents de recherche with number 05-14.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:05-14

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