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Subsidy competition and the role of firm ownership

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  • Ferdinand Mittermaier

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This paper addresses the role that foreign vs. domestic ownership of companies plays for governments in asymmetric countries’ competition for a multinational’s subsidiary. I argue that equilibrium subsidies as well as a foreign investor’s location decision in policy competition between these countries critically depend on the ownership structure of incumbent firms. This shows that small countries with few national incumbents in an industry may be successful in attracting multinationals.

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  • Ferdinand Mittermaier, 2007. "Subsidy competition and the role of firm ownership," Working Papers 032, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).
  • Handle: RePEc:bav:wpaper:032_mittermaier
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    Keywords

    Subsidy competition; foreign direct investment; regional location;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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