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Firm-Specific Characteristics and the Timing of Foreign Direct Investment Projects

  • Horst Raff

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  • Michael J. Ryan

This paper uses a proportional hazard model to study foreign direct investment by Japanese manufacturers in Europe between 1970 and 1994. We divide each firm?s investment total into a sequence of individual investment decisions and analyze how firm-specific characteristics affect each decision. We find that total factor productivity is a significant determinant of a firm?s initial and subsequent investments. Parent-firm size does not have a significant influence on the initial decision to invest. Large firms simply have more investments than smaller firms. Other firm-specific characteristics, such as the R&D intensity, export share and keiretsu membership, also play a role in the investment process.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of World Economics.

Volume (Year): 144 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 1-31

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