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Multinational Firms, Technology and Location

This paper analyzes a three-stage optimization problem in which a firm chooses (i) its technology, by deciding on a level of R&D, (ii) whether this technology is to be used in a domestic or in a foreign plant and (iii) the quantity produced and sold on the market. If technology transfer costs are low, "high-tech" or R&D-intensive firms tend to produce abroad. At higher technology transfer costs, high-tech firms tend to export. An empirical analysis using a data set of Swedish multinational firms, confirms the latter prediction.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 512.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 12 Mar 1999
Date of revision: 02 Nov 2000
Publication status: Forthcoming in Journal of International Economics.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0512
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