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The Influences Affecting French Assets Abroad Prior To 1914

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  • Antoine Parent

    (BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - UL - Université de Lorraine - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, MATISSE - UMR 8595 - Modélisation Appliquée, Trajectoires Institutionnelles et Stratégies Socio-Économiques - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, UP8 - Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis)

  • Christophe Rault

    (UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne, EUREQUA - Equipe Universitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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In this study we show that French foreign investment from the end of the nineteenth century until the eve of the First World War was driven by economic and financial considerations. This refutes the hitherto accepted thesis that French capital exports were motivated by diplomatic and political factors. By using economic modeling that combines microeconomic and econometric approaches, we show that the geographic distribution of French financial flows was consistent with rational economic behavior.

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  • Antoine Parent & Christophe Rault, 2004. "The Influences Affecting French Assets Abroad Prior To 1914," Post-Print hal-00278982, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00278982
    DOI: 10.1017/S0022050704002724
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