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Foreign Direct Investment and Competitiveness of Automotive Sector in Romania


  • Liliana SCUTARU

    () (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava)

  • Gabriela PRELIPCEAN

    () (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava)


The paper approaches the automotive sector in Romania as a main branch of industry that contributes to the country's competitiveness. There is analysed in territorial plan the layout of foreign direct investment and domestic investment in the automotive sector and also the automotive clusters and the main investments made in this sector of the economy. The research also includes an analysis regarding the competitiveness of the automotive sector and presents its evolution in terms of production and exports. The results indicate that most of the investors are located in the west and south of the country, the sector is one of the most competitive areas of economy, contributing to around a quarter of the country's total exports.

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  • Liliana SCUTARU & Gabriela PRELIPCEAN, 2016. "Foreign Direct Investment and Competitiveness of Automotive Sector in Romania," Management and Economics Review, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 1(2), pages 148-160, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:merase:v:1:y:2016:i:2:p:148-160

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    1. Christian Ketels, 2013. "Recent research on competitiveness and clusters: what are the implications for regional policy?," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 6(2), pages 269-284.
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    automotive; competitiveness; domestic investment; foreign direct investment; innovative clusters;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • 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
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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