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Relative Access to Credit, Relative Wealth and FDI: Firm-Level Evidence from Japanese FDI into the United States

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  • Alba, Joseph D.

    () (Nanyang Technological University)

  • Wang, Peiming

    () (Auckland University of Technology)

Abstract

We use data on 317 Japanese firms to examine the effect of relative access to credit and relative wealth on the Japanese firm’s rate of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Using the zero-inflated negative binomial model, we find that multiple rating downgrades of a firm’s main bank significantly affected the Japanese firm’s rate of FDI in the United States. This result holds for firms with the highest 20% of bonds-to-liabilities ratio indicating that banking problems in Japan affected even firms who could have financed their FDI with bonds. We also find that the firm’s rate of FDI is affected by the firm’s relative wealth.

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  • Alba, Joseph D. & Wang, Peiming, 2007. "Relative Access to Credit, Relative Wealth and FDI: Firm-Level Evidence from Japanese FDI into the United States," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 22, pages 231-255.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0393
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    Cited by:

    1. Raff, Horst & Ryan, Michael & Stähler, Frank, 2018. "Financial Frictions and Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Japanese Microdata," KCG Working Papers 10, Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG).
    2. Ho, Woon-Yee & Wang, Peiming & Alba, Joseph D., 2009. "Merger and acquisition FDI, relative wealth and relative access to bank credit: Evidence from a bivariate zero-inflated count model," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 26-30, January.
    3. Cuadros, Ana & Martín-Montaner, Joan & Paniagua, Jordi, 2016. "Homeward bound FDI: Are migrants a bridge over troubled finance?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 454-465.
    4. Alba, Joseph D. & Park, Donghyun & Wang, Peiming, 2009. "Corporate governance and merger and acquisition (M&A) FDI: Firm-level evidence from Japanese FDI into the US," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 1-11, February.
    5. Alba, Joseph D. & Park, Donghyun & Wang, Peiming, 2009. "Corporate Governance and Merger and Acquisition Foreign Direct Investment: Firm-level Evidence from Japanese Foreign Direct Investment into the US," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 147, Asian Development Bank.

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    Keywords

    Relative access to credit; Relative wealth; Exchange rate; *;

    JEL classification:

    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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