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Firm productivity and the number of FDI destinations: Evidence from a non-parametric test

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  • Tanaka, Ayumu

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Using Japanese firm-level data, I examine whether more productive multinational enterprises (MNEs) invest in a larger number of foreign regions in the manufacturing sector. I employ the Kolmogorov–Smirnov (KS) test to compare the overall distribution of productivity by multinational status. I find that more productive firms tend to invest in a larger number of foreign regions.

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  • Tanaka, Ayumu, 2012. "Firm productivity and the number of FDI destinations: Evidence from a non-parametric test," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(1), pages 1-3.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:1:p:1-3
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.04.079
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    Keywords

    Firm heterogeneity; Multinationals; Foreign direct investment;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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