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Attracting Foreign Direct Investments in Europe: are Italian Regions Doomed?

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  • Roberto Basile

    (Isae (Rome) and University of Macerata)

  • Luigi Benfratello

    (University of Turin and Ceris-CNR(Turin))

  • Davide Castellani

    (University of Urbino and Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano)

Abstract

During the nineties, Europe became a major recipient of FDIs but Italian regions have been largely excluded from this process. Was it due to their characteristics, or were Italian regions ‘doomed’ by a negative country effect? In this paper we address this issue by estimating the determinants of multinational firms’ location choices in 52 EU regions. We find that Italian regions indeed attracted significantly less than their observable potential, and that this could be explained by the inefficiency of the bureaucratic apparatus and of the legal system. The effect of taxes is instead strongly sensitive to the inclusion of agglomeration variables and is asymmetric across regions.

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  • Roberto Basile & Luigi Benfratello & Davide Castellani, 2005. "Attracting Foreign Direct Investments in Europe: are Italian Regions Doomed?," Development Working Papers 200, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano.
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    Keywords

    multinational firms; location choices; Italy; institutions and policies; negative binomial regression;

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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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