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Media Inclination and Outward Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Chinese Firms

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  • Beibei Hu
  • Qiao Luan
  • Xue Meng
  • Kai Wang

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Media inclinations, whether favorable or biased, play a pivotal role in shaping public opinion. Sometimes, media coverage may unintentionally foster skepticism towards foreign firms, which could create challenges for those companies when they enter new markets. Based on a panel dataset from 2005 to 2020, this is one of the first studies to investigate empirically the impact of media opinion on outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) behaviors at the firm level. The media inclination index was constructed according to the varying inclinations of media from different countries in their reporting on each event. We examined the impact of media inclination on the investment value, frequency, and number of industries. This study has revealed the following insights: (i) Positive media coverage can stimulate the investment behavior of Chinese firms. (ii) The heterogeneity analysis indicates that the promotional effect of media reporting inclination on OFDI is more significant for state‐owned firms from the investor's perspective and especially pronounced for firms in developing countries from the investee's perspective. (iii) Diplomatic visits and scientific research cooperation can amplify the positive impact of media opinions on the OFDI behaviors of Chinese firms.

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  • Beibei Hu & Qiao Luan & Xue Meng & Kai Wang, 2023. "Media Inclination and Outward Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Chinese Firms," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 31(6), pages 134-155, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:chinae:v:31:y:2023:i:6:p:134-155
    DOI: 10.1111/cwe.12511
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