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Product Characteristics and the Growth of FDI

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  • Frank Barry

    (University College Dublin)

  • Aoife Hannan

    (University College Dublin)

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    FDI and the activities of foreign affiliate firms have grown dramatically in recent decades, both in absolute terms and as a share of world GDP. Most explanations of this phenomenon focus on the impact of the macroeconomic environment on the choices facing individual firms over whether or not to engage in FDI. We focus instead on the characteristics of demand for the products produced in sectors known to be conducive to FDI. These characteristics are shown to help explain the recent growth in the FDI-to-GDP ratio.

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    Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200308.

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    Length: 16 pages
    Date of creation: 19 Feb 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200308

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    1. J. Peter Neary, 2001. "Foreign Direct Investment and the Single Market," Development Working Papers 160, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano.
    2. Henrik Braconier & Karolina Ekholm, 2002. "Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe: Employment Effects in the EU," Development Working Papers 161, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano.
    3. James R. Markusen, 1998. "Multinational Firms, Location and Trade," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(6), pages 733-756, 08.
    4. James R. Markusen, 1995. "The Boundaries of Multinational Enterprises and the Theory of International Trade," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 9(2), pages 169-189, Spring.
    5. Frank Barry & Stephen Pavelin, 2003. "The Single Market and The Geographical Diversification of Leading Firms in the EU," Working Papers 200305, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    1. Frank Barry & Adele Bergin, 2010. "Ireland’s Inward FDI over the Recession and Beyond," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp321, IIIS.

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