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Channeling Domestic Savings into Productive Investment Under Asymmetric Information: The Essential Role of Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Assaf Razin
  • Efraim Sadka
  • Chi-Wa Yuen

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) is observed to be a predominant form of capital flows to low and middle income countries with insufficiently developed capital markets. This paper analyzes the problem of channeling domestic savings into productive investment in the presence of asymmetric information between the managing owners of firms and other portfolio stakeholders. We emphasize the crucial role played by FDI in sustaining equity-financed capital investment for economies plagued by such information problems. Similar problems also exist for foreign portfolio debt flows. The paper identifies how, in the presence of information asymmetry, different capital market structures may lead to foreign over- or under-investment and to domestic under- or over-saving, and thus to inefficient equilibria. We show how corrective tax-subsidy policies consisting of taxes on corporate income and the capital incomes of both residents and nonresidents can restore efficiency.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6338.

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Publication status: published as European Economic Review (May 1998).
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  1. Assaf Razin & Efraim Sadka & Chi-Wa Yuen, . "Quantitative Implications of the Home Bias: Foreign Underinvestment, Domestic Oversaving, and Corrective Taxation," EPRU Working Paper Series 97-27, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  2. Assaf Razin & Efraim Sadka & Chi-Wa Yuen, 1998. "Capital Flows with Debt-And Equity-Financed Invesment: Equilibrium Structure and Efficiency Implications," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 136, Universidad del CEMA.
  3. Diemo Dietrich, 2002. "Investment Behaviour of Financially Constrained Multinational Corporations: Consequences for the International Transmission of Business Cycle Fluctuations," IWH Discussion Papers 165, Halle Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Buch, Claudia M. & Heinrich, Ralph P. & Schertler, Andrea, 2003. "External and Internal Financial Structures in Europe: A Corporate Finance Perspective," EIFC - Technology and Finance Working Papers 19, United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies.
  5. Assaf Razin & Efraim Sadka & Chi-Wa Yuen, 2001. "Why International Equity Inflows to Emerging Markets are Inefficient and Small Relative to International Debt Flows," NBER Working Papers 8659, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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