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Dissecting FDI

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  • Kleinert, Jörn
  • Toubal, Farid

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This paper investigates the importance of firm heterogeneity for our understanding of the aggregate volume of cross-country multinational sales. Recent theoretical literature points out a sorting out firms with respect to their internationalization strategy according to their productivity. Using the firm level data from German firms' activities, we find a strong effect of firms' size on internationalization pattern. Moreover, we show that most of variation of the aggregate volume of multinational sales is due to variation in the number of firms participating in the market.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series CEI Working Paper Series with number 2006-7.

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Length: 20 p.
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hit:hitcei:2006-7

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Keywords: Gravity equation; multinational firms; heterogeneity;

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  1. Andrew B. Bernard & J. Bradford Jensen, 1999. "Exporting and Productivity," NBER Working Papers 7135, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. GIRMA, Sourafel & GOERG, Holger & STROBL, Eric, 2004. "Exports, international investment, and plant performance : evidence from a non-parametric test," CORE Discussion Papers 2004009, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Sofronis Clerides & Saul Lach & James Tybout, 1996. "Is "learning-by-exporting" important? Micro-dynamic evidence from Colombia, Mexico and Morocco," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 96-30, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  4. Kleinert, Jörn & Toubal, Farid, 2005. "Gravity for FDI," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 46, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
  5. Andrew B. Bernard & J. Bradford Jensen & Peter K. Schott, 2005. "Importers, Exporters, and Multinationals: A Portrait of Firms in the U.S. that Trade Goods," NBER Working Papers 11404, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Krautheim, Sebastian, 2009. "Export-Supporting FDI," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2009,20, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  2. Irarrazabal, Alfonso & Moxnes, Andreas & Opromolla, Luca David, 2009. "The Margins of Multinational Production and the Role of Intra-firm trade," CEPR Discussion Papers 7145, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Claudia M. Buch & Jörn Kleinert, 2007. "Multinational Firms and New Protectionisms," IAW Discussion Papers 33, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).

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