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Multinational enterprises, cross-border acquisitions, and government policy

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  • Gautam Bose

    () (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

  • Sudipto Dasgupta

    () (Department of Finance, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Arghya Ghosh

    () (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the optimality of policy specifications used to regulate the acquisition and operation of local firms by multinational enterprises (MNE). We emphasize the consequence of such regulation on the price of the domestic firm in the market for corporate control. We show that it is optimal to impose ceilings on foreign ownership of domestic firms when the government's objective is to maximize domestic shareholder profits. While the optimal ceiling is high enough for the MNE to gain control of the domestic firm, it nevertheless influences the price that the MNE must pay for the domestic firm's shares to the advantage of the domestic shareholders. Restrictions on transfer pricing are either irrelevant or strictly suboptimal. The consequences of alternative specifications of the government's objective function are also analyzed.

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  • Gautam Bose & Sudipto Dasgupta & Arghya Ghosh, 2008. "Multinational enterprises, cross-border acquisitions, and government policy," Discussion Papers 2008-22, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
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    Keywords

    Acquisition; Control; Multinational Enterprises; Transfer pricing;
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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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