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Corruption for sales

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  • Couttenier, Mathieu
  • Toubal, Farid

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This paper investigates the impact of corruption on foreign affiliates’ sales of German multinationals that differ in their level of experience in the foreign market. We exploit the panel dimension of a detailed firm-level dataset to show that more experienced firms are less likely to suffer from the costs related to corruption. Controlling for persistent and unobserved factors at the country and firm levels, we show that corruption reduces unambiguously the sales of new entering firms, while having no impact on the sales of incumbents.

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  • Couttenier, Mathieu & Toubal, Farid, 2017. "Corruption for sales," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 56-66.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jcecon:v:45:y:2017:i:1:p:56-66
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2016.11.008
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    Multinational firms; Corruption; FDI;
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    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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