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Where do foreign firms locate in France and why?

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  • Mayer, Thierry

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This paper studies the determinants of individual location choices of manufacturing production units by foreign affiliates. It concentrates on the specific case of FDI location in France over the period from 1985 to 1995 and evaluates, in particular, how regional policies in favour of French regions by both national and EU authorities compare to other determinants of the location choice. It is shown that foreign investors are, to a large extent, not sensitive to public investment incentives, and are primarily driven by conventional forces such as the market potential, labour costs and agglomeration effects in the region considered for investment. Proximity to the home country of the investor also has a robust positive effect on location choice.

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  • Mayer, Thierry, 2004. "Where do foreign firms locate in France and why?," EIB Papers 7/2004, European Investment Bank, Economics Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:eibpap:2004_007
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    Keywords

    Foreign direct investment; industrial location; regional policy;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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