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The Vertical Multinational Enterprise and International Trade

  • Denise Eby Konan

By explicitly modeling distortion in the intermediate goods sector, I develop a model of an endogenous vertical multinational enterprise. Firms invest abroad to lower cost of multi-stage production. The implications for international trade and investment differ markedly from the conventional wisdom of multinationals. Particularly, intra-firm trade in intermediates implies vertical investment complements rather than substitutes for trade. The decision to become a multinational depends on the level of foreign factor prices, nature of competition with foreign suppliers, transport, tariff, and subsidiary plant costs. Marginal change in tariff may result in welfare jumps as firm configuration shifts.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 199601.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:199601
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  1. Konan, Denise Eby, 1996. "Transfer Pricing and Strategic Taxation of Globally Joint Inputs," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 4(2), pages 202-10, June.
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  7. Konan, Denise Eby, 1997. "Strategic taxation of the multinational enterprise: A new argument for double taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(2), pages 301-309, January.
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