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Facts And Fallacies About Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Robert C. Feenstra

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This paper begins with a summary of the major trends in foreign direct investment over the 1980-1995 period. Following that we present five fallacies, dealing with: the magnitude of foreign investment in Japan; the impact of FDI on the U.S. and Japanese trade balance; the extent to with multinational corporations control U.S. trade; the impact of exchange rate movements on foreign investment flows; and finally, the impact of FDI on welfare of the host country. The paper concludes with a further analysis of the recent trends in foreign investment, and their implications for the competition faced by U.S. firms on international markets.

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  1. Jacques, Armel, 2006. "Des firmes multinationales : un survol de la littérature microéconomique," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 82(4), pages 643-691, décembre.
  2. Malcolm Baker & C. Fritz Foley & Jeffrey Wurgler, 2004. "The Stock Market and Investment: Evidence from FDI Flows," NBER Working Papers 10559, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Pol Antras, 2004. "Incomplete Contracts and the Product Cycle," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings 62, Econometric Society.
  4. Kenneth S. Donahue & Thierry Warin, 2009. "Multilateralism cursed by bilateralism: Japan’s Role at the International Whaling Commission," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0904, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
  5. Thierry Warin & Phanindra V. Wunnava & Hubert P. Janicki, 2009. "Testing Mundell's Intuition of Endogenous OCA Theory," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(1), pages 74-86, 02.

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