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Domestic Profit Advantages of Multinational Firms

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  • Benvignati, Anita M

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This study uses confidential corporate data from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Line of Business P rogram to test if U.S. multinational firms earn higher rates of profi t on domestic undertakings than do their nonmultinational rivals. Dom estic profits are regressed on various industry and firm characterist ics, including three different measures of "multinationality" that correspond to industry, overall-firm, and firm-by-industry classifica tions. The evidence suggests that multinationals do have profit advan tages when foreign activities are in the same or related lines of bus iness. The effects of foreign trade as a separate influence appear to be much as in previous studies, but with richer interpretations. Copyright 1987 by the University of Chicago.

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  • Benvignati, Anita M, 1987. "Domestic Profit Advantages of Multinational Firms," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 60(3), pages 449-461, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:60:y:1987:i:3:p:449-61
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    1. Cravens, Karen S., 1997. "Examining the role of transfer pricing as a strategy for multinational firms," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 127-145, April.
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    3. Jiménez, Alfredo & Delgado-García, Juan Bautista, 2012. "Proactive management of political risk and corporate performance: The case of Spanish multinational enterprises," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 1029-1040.
    4. Nigel Driffield & Jun Du & Sourafel Girma, 2008. "Optimal geographic diversification and firm performance: evidence from the U.K," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 145-154, October.
    5. Cravens, Karen S. & Shearon, Winston Jr., 1996. "An outcome-based assessment of international transfer pricing policy," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 419-443.
    6. Vergara, Sebastián, 2013. "The performance of transnational corporations: Evidence for the manufacturing industry in Chile," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), December.
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