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Do Chinese SOEs and private companies differ in their foreign location strategies?

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  • Alessia Amighini, Marco Sanfilippo and Roberta Rabellotti

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We empirically analyze the host-country determinants of Chinese outbound foreign direct investments (ODI) in the period from 2003 to 2008, using disaggregated data by country and sector and distinguishing between State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and privately owned firms. Our results show that the pattern of Chinese ODI differs according to corporate ownership. Private firms are attracted by large markets and host-country strategic assets and are averse to economic and political risks when choosing investment locations abroad. Differently, state-owned enterprises follow the strategic needs of their home country and invest more in natural resource sectors, being largely indifferent to the political and economic conditions in the host countries.

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  • Alessia Amighini, Marco Sanfilippo and Roberta Rabellotti, 2012. "Do Chinese SOEs and private companies differ in their foreign location strategies?," RSCAS Working Papers 2012/27, European University Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsc:rsceui:2012/27
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    1. Christian Milelli & Alice Nicole Sindzingre, 2013. "Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Developed and Developing Countries: Converging Characteristics?," Post-Print hal-01411752, HAL.
    2. You, Kefei & Solomon, Offiong Helen, 2015. "China's outward foreign direct investment and domestic investment: An industrial level analysis," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 249-260.
    3. Nguyen, Thi Tuong Anh & Doan, Quang Hung, 2016. "Chinese outward foreign direct investment: Is ASEAN a new destination?," MPRA Paper 71890, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. You, Kefei, 2015. "What drives China’s outward FDI? A regional analysis," BOFIT Discussion Papers 16/2015, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
    5. repec:bof:bofitp:urn:nbn:fi:bof-201505061170 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    China; Foreign Direct Investment; Internationalization; Corporate Ownership; F14; F21;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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