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Dissecting FDI

  • Kleinert, Jn
  • Toubal, Farid

This paper investigates the importance of firm heterogeneity for our understanding of the aggregate volume of cross-country multinational sales. Recent theoretical literature points out a sorting out firms with respect to their internationalization strategy according to their productivity. Using the firm level data from German firms' activities, we find a strong effect of firms' size on internationalization pattern. Moreover, we show that most of variation of the aggregate volume of multinational sales is due to variation in the number of firms participating in the market.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series CEI Working Paper Series with number 2006-7.

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Length: 20 p.
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hit:hitcei:2006-7
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  1. Sofronis K. Clerides & Saul Lach & James R. Tybout, 1998. "Is Learning By Exporting Important? Micro-Dynamic Evidence From Colombia, Mexico, And Morocco," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 113(3), pages 903-947, August.
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  3. Andrew B. Bernard & J. Bradford Jensen & Peter K. Schott, 2005. "Importers, Exporters, and Multinationals: A Portrait of Firms in the U.S. that Trade Goods," NBER Working Papers 11404, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  5. Andrew B. Bernard & J. Bradford Jensen, 2000. "Exporting and Productivity," Working Papers 00-07, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
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