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Transport modal choice by multinational firms : firm-level evidence from Southeast Asia

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Tanaka, Kiyoyasu
  • Ueki, Yasushi

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We examine transport modal decision by multinational firms to shed light on the role of freight logistics in multinational activity. Using a firm-level survey in Southeast Asia, we show that foreign ownership has a significantly positive and quantitatively large impact on the likelihood that air/sea transportation is chosen relative to truck shipping. This result is robust to the shipping distance, cross-border freight, and transport infrastructure. Both foreign-owned exporters and importers also tend to use air/sea transportation. Thus, our analysis presents a new distinction between multinational and domestic firms in their decision over transport modes.

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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 318. 2011.11
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Keywords: International business enterprises; Industrial management; Transportation; Costs; Southeast Asia; Transport mode; Logistics; Multinational firms; Multinomial logit;

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