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Foreign Direct Investment For Sale

  • Onur Koska

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    (Department of Economics, University of Tuebingen)

This study examines the choice of a multinational firm between two alternative entry modes, a greenfield investment and a joint venture, under incomplete information. The joint venture partner is selected by an auction, which distinguishes this study from other studies in the literature. A private values auction allows a multinational firm to increase its share of the joint venture profit so that a joint venture is always preferable to greenfield investment. The model also examines the nationally optimal entry mode and finds that greenfield investment is likely to reduce welfare. The anticipated welfare implications of a joint venture crucially depend on the expectation of the marginal cost of the joint venture. Relative to a greenfield investment, a joint venture is welfare-improving if the negative impact of a joint venture on a local rival's profit is small.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0910.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
Date of revision: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0910
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