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Location decision of heterogeneous multinational firms

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  • Chen, Maggie Xiaoyang
  • Moore, Michael

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We examine how multinational firms with heterogeneous total factor productivity (TFP) self-select into different host countries. Both aggregate- and firm-level estimates suggest that more productive French firms are more likely than their less efficient competitors to invest in relatively tough host countries. Countries with a smaller market potential, higher fixed costs of investment or lower import tariffs tend to have higher cutoff productivities and attract a greater proportion of productive multinationals. This self-selection mechanism remains largely robust when we control for unobserved firm and country heterogeneity and address the potential TFP endogeneity.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 33482.

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Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Publication status: Published in Journal of International Economics 80.2(2010): pp. 188-199
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:33482

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Keywords: multinational firm; location decision; firm heterogeneity; productivity;

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