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The firm export and FDI choice in the context of gravity

  • Schmeiser, Katherine N.

In this paper, I show that in a theoretical environment where monopolistic competitive firms choose between exporting and servicing through a multinational with foreign direct investment (FDI), a gravity representation of exports and FDI can be derived. I then discuss the extent to which the resulting gravity equations are comparable and suggest a gravity-type regression that allows for direct interpretation of the differential effects of variables on exports and FDI.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

Volume (Year): 27 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 592-596

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Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:27:y:2013:i:c:p:592-596
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