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Domestic versus International Capital Mobility: Some Empirical Evidence


  • James D. Reitzes
  • Donald J. Rousslang


This paper develops an empirical test to determine whether, on average, capital moves more easily between industries within a country or between coun tries within an industry. The test is applied using cross-section dat a on accounting rates of return to capital of U.S. multinational corp orations in 1966 and 1977. It is found that international capital mob ility was greater in the earlier period, but domestic capital mobilit y tended to dominate in the later period. These findings are of parti cular importance to the field of international economics, since compe ting trade models use opposite assumptions as regards which type of c apital mobility is greater.

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  • James D. Reitzes & Donald J. Rousslang, 1988. "Domestic versus International Capital Mobility: Some Empirical Evidence," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 21(2), pages 312-323, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:21:y:1988:i:2:p:312-23

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    1. Fabien Candau, 2013. "Trade, FDI and Migration," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(3), pages 441-461, September.
    2. George M. von Furstenberg & Bang Nam Jeon, 1989. "International Stock Price Movements: Links and Messages," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 20(1), pages 125-180.

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