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Foreign Direct Investment, Intra-firm Trade and Ownership Structure

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  • Konrad, K.A.
  • Lommerud, K.E.

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Asymmetric information about true opportunity cost in trade between a multinational and its foreign affiliate can alleviate the hold-up problem in foreign direct investment. Selling shares in the affiliate to locals is also beneficial because it increase the parent multinational's information rent that is protected from a host government's confiscatory taxation.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bergen in its series Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen with number 219.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bereco:219

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Keywords: FOREIGN INVESTMENTS ; TRADE ; INFORMATION;

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