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Time Zones and FDI with Heterogenous Firms

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Based on Helpman et al. (2004), we propose a simple two-country (Home and Foreign) model with heterogeneous firms that capture the role of FDI via utilizing time zone differences. Two countries are located in different time zones and there is no overlap in daily working hours. It will be shown that productivities of the firms undertaking FDI are higher than the productivities of non-FDI firms. Although the results look quite similar with Helpman et al. (2004), the direction of service trade flow is totally different: Foreign subsidiaries of high- productivity firms provide services for the Home market.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series Discussion Papers Series with number 425.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:qld:uq2004:425

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