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A Tale of Three Countries: Italian, Spanish and Swiss Manufacturing Operations in China

  • Valeria Gattai

    (Bocconi University and ISESAO)

In this paper we investigate the choice of FDI versus joint-venture, made by Italian, Spanish and Swiss multinationals in China, as shaped by the risk of Dissipation of Intangible Assets. Probit estimates, based on an entirely new firm-level dataset, constructed by the author, show that FDI is more likely to emerge when know-how easily spills over - namely for firms endowed with more Intangible Assets or belonging to high tech sectors - in line with the theoretical expectations.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2006.150.

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