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Excessive FDI Flows under Asymmetric Information

  • Razin, A.
  • Sadka, E.
  • Yuen, C.-W.

In Razin, Sadka and Yuen (1998, 1999a), we explored the policy implications of the home-bias in international portfolio investment as a result of asymmetric information problems in which domestic savers, being "close" to the domestic market, have an informational advantage over foreign portfolio investors, who are "far away" from the domestic market. However, FDI is different from foreign portfolio investment, concerning relevant information about domestic firms. Through the stationing of managers from the headquarters of multinational firms in the foreign direct establishments in the destination countrie under their control. FDIors can monitor closely the operation of such establishments, thus circumventing these informational problems.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:27-99
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  1. Assaf Razin & Efraim Sadka & Chi-Wa Yuen, 1999. "An Information-Based Model of Foreign Direct Investment: The Gains from Trade Revisited," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 6(4), pages 579-596, November.
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