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Complex vertical FDI and firm heterogeneity: Evidence from East Asia

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Matsuura, Toshiyuki

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This study statistically tests the validity of the mechanics of complex vertical foreign direct investment (C-VFDI) in Japanese machinery FDI to East Asia by estimating a multiple-spatial lag model. From a theoretical perspective regarding C-VFDI, the production activity of affiliates in a given country is positively related to the production activity in neighboring countries that have large differences in factor prices with the given country. Furthermore, high-productivity firms are likely to choose a C-VFDI strategy. Our empirical results show no robust geographical relationship among affiliates' activities. However, the significantly positive relationship in wage differentials among those activities is found only for high-productivity firms.

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu & Matsuura, Toshiyuki, 2011. "Complex vertical FDI and firm heterogeneity: Evidence from East Asia," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 25(3), pages 273-289, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:25:y:2011:i:3:p:273-289
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    Keywords

    Third-country effects Complex VFDI Spatial lag model;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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