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Vertical integration and supplier finance

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  • Kersting, Erasmus K.

    (Villanova University)

  • Gorg, Holger

    (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel and Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

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We investigate the financial implications of a multinational firm's choice between outsourcing and integration from the perspective of the supplier. Using a simple model, we explore the extent to which an integrated supplier's access to finance, as well as its sources of funding, change relative to a firm supplying a multinational at arm's-length. The model predicts that integrated firms have better access to finance and cover a larger share of their costs using internal funds. Furthermore, improvements in a host country's level of financial development have less of an impact on the financial situation of integrated suppliers. We present empirical evidence from firm-level data for over 60 countries broadly supporting the predictions.

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  • Kersting, Erasmus K. & Gorg, Holger, 2014. "Vertical integration and supplier finance," Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute Working Paper 168, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:feddgw:168
    DOI: 10.24149/gwp168
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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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