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Foreign direct investment and global sourcing choices of firms in the US


  • Hong Y Park

    (College of Business and Management, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI, USA)


This paper investigates factors affecting the global sourcing choices of firms in the US: (1) US investment abroad; (2) foreign direct investment in the US; (3) wage-productivity ratio; and (4) transaction cost. I found that there is a statistically significant association between the country of sourcing choices and foreign direct investment. Both the wage-productivity ratios and transaction costs are not statistically significant at the conventional significance level, but their regression coefficients show proper signs. The paper also examines the patterns of foreign direct investment among countries and compares transaction costs by income group. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Hong Y Park, 2000. "Foreign direct investment and global sourcing choices of firms in the US," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(6), pages 211-221.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:21:y:2000:i:6:p:211-221 DOI: 10.1002/mde.983

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