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Hymer's multinationals

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  • de Blas, Beatriz
  • Russ, Katheryn Niles

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Stephen Hymer (1960, 1976) argues that a desire to increase market power is a strong motive for foreign takeovers. Yet the market-power motive for FDI flows has been largely unexplored in the modern theory of heterogeneous firms. This paper shows that foreign direct investment can increase markups under Bertrand competition when firms are heterogeneous, even when no strategic motive is possible. It then outlines two cases arising purely due to trade barriers in which a desire to increase markups in either the source or host country can compel a firm to set up a foreign affiliate, identifying a Hymer–Neary effect in the process.

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  • de Blas, Beatriz & Russ, Katheryn Niles, 2013. "Hymer's multinationals," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 381-392.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:94:y:2013:i:c:p:381-392
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2012.11.001
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    1. Cao, Qingqing & Minetti, Raoul & Olivero, Maria, 2018. "No Pain, No Gain. Multinational Banks in the Business Cycle," School of Economics Working Paper Series 2018-6, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University.
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    Keywords

    Multinational firm; Heterogeneous firms; Endogenous markup;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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