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A Model of Competition Between Multinational Firms

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  • Onur Koska

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    (Department of Economics, University of Tuebingen)

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This study focuses on the theory of how multinational firms choose their entry modes between alternative options (i.e., trade, greenfield investment, or acquisition). In a comprehensive model of strategic decision-making with more than one multinational firm, it delineates how a multinational firm's entry mode influences a rival multinational firm's market entry behavior and how exogenous factors (e.g., market size, firms' production cost, per-unit trade cost and fixed investment cost) affect the optimal entry modes. The main finding of the study is that competition among multinational firms substantially affects their optimal entry modes such that competition implies different entry modes compared to no competition.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0911.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
Date of revision: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0911

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Keywords: Market Entry; Foreign Direct Investment; Acquisition; Trade;

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