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Export platform foreign direct investment : theory and evidence

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  • Ito, Tadashi

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This paper proposes a model that accounts for “export platform†FDI – a form of FDI that is common in the data but rarely discussed in the theoretical literature. Unlike the previous literature, this paper’s theory nests all the typical modes of supply, including exports, horizontal and vertical FDI, horizontal and vertical export platform FDI. The theory yields the testable hypothesis that a decrease in either inter-regional or intra-regional trade costs induces firms to choose export platform FDI. The empirical analysis provides descriptive statistics which point to large proportions of third country exports of US FDI, and an econometric analysis, whose results are in line with the model’s predictions. The last section suggests policy implications for nations seeking to attract FDI.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 378.

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Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 378. 2012.12
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper378

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Keywords: United States; Foreign investments; Trade policy; Exports; Export platform FDI;

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  1. J Peter Neary, 2005. "Trade Costs and Foreign Direct Investment," Working Papers 200512, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  2. Mitsuyo Ando & Fukinari Kimura, 2003. "The Formation of International Production and Distribution Networks in East Asia," NBER Working Papers 10167, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Blonigen, Bruce A. & Davies, Ronald B. & Waddell, Glen R. & Naughton, Helen T., 2007. "FDI in space: Spatial autoregressive relationships in foreign direct investment," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 51(5), pages 1303-1325, July.
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