Why Do Foreign Firms Invest in South West England?
AbstractRegional Development Agencies compete to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) that generate economic benefits. This paper seeks to identify factors that attract FDI to the South West region of the UK. The results suggest that the South West’s average wage levels, population density, unemployment rate, physical infrastructure expenditure, growth and the relative dominance of the manufacturing sector all contribute to the multinational enterprise’s decision to locate to the South West. The amount of defence spending is also found to be a determinant, suggesting that the defence sector might be an attractor of FDI. These results are endorsed by a separate survey analysis.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0604.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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- F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
- L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
- R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-04-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2006-04-10 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-GEO-2006-05-06 (Economic Geography)
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