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The search for trading partners and the cross-border merger decision

  • T.Huw Edwards

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    (Dept of Economics, Loughborough University)

  • Ben Ferrett

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    (Dept of Economics, Loughborough University)

We investigate the merger decision between two firms in an outsourcing relationship, one upstream and the other downstream. The inter-firm relationship is subject both to ex ante matching uncertainty and to contractual efficiency issues. Cross-border merger is assumed to solve the latter problem, but at the expense of curtailing the match-searching process. The trade-off between these two factors is assumed to determine the dynamics of foreign direct investment in this kind of industry.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Loughborough University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2009_15.

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Date of creation: Oct 2009
Date of revision: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:lbo:lbowps:2009_15
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