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The International Propagation of Economic Downturns Through Multinational Companies: The Real Economy Channel

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  • Jan Bena
  • Serdar Dinc
  • Isil Erel

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We study how non-financial multinational companies propagate economic declines from their subsidiaries located in countries experiencing an economic downturn to subsidiaries in countries not experiencing one. We find that investment is 18% lower in subsidiaries of these parents relative to the same-industry, same-country subsidiaries of parents that are headquartered in the same parent country but do not have a subsidiary in a country experiencing an economic downturn. The employment growth rate in the affected subsidiaries is zero or negative while it is 1.4% in the subsidiaries of unaffected parents. The aggregate industry-level sales and employment are also negatively impacted in the countries of the affected subsidiaries.

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  • Jan Bena & Serdar Dinc & Isil Erel, 2020. "The International Propagation of Economic Downturns Through Multinational Companies: The Real Economy Channel," NBER Working Papers 27873, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:27873
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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies

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