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Vertical foreign direct investment, welfare, and employment

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This paper shows that vertical foreign direct investemt will reduce prices but the aggregate welfare effect is unambiguaously positive only under free market entry. Using a standard model of imperfect competition, we develop this result by considering two different cases. In the first case, the total number of firms is ficed, and we show that national and multinational firms may coexist. In the second case, we allow for market entry, and we focus on situations in which either only national or only multinational firms are active. Furthermore, we discuss impact effects on labor demand. We show that a decline in foreign wages increases domestic employment.

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Paper provided by University of Vienna, Department of Economics in its series Vienna Economics Papers with number 0213.

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  1. TOULEMONDE, Eric, . "Multinationals: Too many or too few? The proximity-concentration trade-off," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2044, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. Felipa de Mello-Sampayo & Sofia de Sousa-Vale & Francisco Camões & Orlando Gomes, 2012. "Protectionism under R&D policy: innovation rate and welfare," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(1), pages 106-124, January.
  3. Felipa de Mello-Sampayo & Sofia de Sousa-Vale & Francisco Camões, 2007. "Accelerating Innovation: National R&D Subsidies versus Foreign R&D Tax Credits," Working Papers Series 1 ercwp0108, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL).
  4. Georg Götz, 2002. "Existence, Uniqueness, and Symmetry of Free-Entry Cournot Equilibrium: The Importance of Market Size and Technoligy Choice," Vienna Economics Papers 0214, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.

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