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Multinationals and the creation of Chinese trade linkages


  • Deborah L. Swenson


This paper studies the relationship between multinational firm proximity and the formation of new export connections by private Chinese exporters between 1997 and 2003. The results indicate that growth in the presence of multinational firms is positively associated with the formation of new trade by local Chinese firms. Further exploration suggests that information spillovers may drive this result, as the positive association due to own-industry multinational presence is particularly strong in contexts where information improvements may be the most helpful. Thus, it appears that a growing presence of multinational firms may enhance the export capabilities of local domestic firms.

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  • Deborah L. Swenson, 2008. "Multinationals and the creation of Chinese trade linkages," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 41(2), pages 596-618, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:41:y:2008:i:2:p:596-618

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business


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