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The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Globalization: An Empirical Overview

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  • Jörn Kleinert

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The activities of multinational enterprises drive the economic globalization process to a very large degree. This paper lists some facts about their dominant role in all channels of globalization. Therefore, the importance of multinational enterprises in foreign direct investment and production abroad is examined as well as their contributions to the international transfer of knowledge and technology and to foreign trade. It is argued that economic theory must account for multinationalsÂ’ activities in the analysis of the globalization process.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1069.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2001
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1069

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Keywords: Multinational Enterprise; Globalization; Foreign Direct Investment; International Technology Transfer; Foreign Trade;

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Cited by:
  1. Uppal, Yogesh, 2008. "Preferential trading areas: investment and welfare effects when countries differ in their size," MPRA Paper 15193, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Horácio Faustino & Ana Kaizeler & Rafael Marques, 2009. "The ethics of a globalized world: a universal ethic?," Working Papers Department of Economics 2009/20, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.

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