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Institutional Quality and FDI to the South An Analytical Approach

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  • Desbordes, Rodolphe
  • Darby, Julia
  • Wooton, Ian

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We ask whether MNEs’ experience of institutional quality and political risk within their home business environments influences their decisions to enter a given country. We set out an explicit theoretical model that allows for the possibility that firms from South source countries may, by virtue of their experience with poor institutional quality, derive a competitive advantage over firms from North countries with respect to investing in destinations in the South. We show that the experience gained by such MNEs of poorer institutional environments may result in their being more prepared to invest in other countries with correspondingly weak institutions.

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  • Desbordes, Rodolphe & Darby, Julia & Wooton, Ian, 2011. "Institutional Quality and FDI to the South An Analytical Approach," SIRE Discussion Papers 2011-70, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    1. Nunnenkamp, Peter & Sosa Andrés, Maximiliano & Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya & Waldkirch, Andreas, 2012. "What drives India's outward FDI?," Kiel Working Papers 1800, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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    foreign direct investment; multinational enterprises; institutional quality;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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