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Investment promotion agencies: do they work?

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Lee, Hyun-Hoon
  • Park, Donghyun

In this paper, we examine the role of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) in promoting outward FDI from Japan and Korea. Looking at two home countries enables us to control for both country-pair time-invariant characteristics and host country time-varying characteristics. Our empirical results suggest that home-country IPAs tend to be more effective in promoting outward FDI in politically risky host countries.However, this finding depends on whether the home-country firm is listed or unlisted. More specifically, we find that the positive effect of home country IPAs on outward FDI in politically risky countries is limited to unlisted home- country firms, which are widely assumed to be less competitive and productive.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 272.

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Date of creation: Dec 2010
Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper = IDE Discussion Paper, No. 272. 2010-12
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper272
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