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Foreign direct investment and the political economy of protection

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  • Ellingsen, T.
  • Wärneryd, K.E.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

This paper makes the point that an import-competing industry may not want maximal protection. The reason is that a high level of protection encourages inward foreign direct investment, which could be even less desirable than import competition. A government captured by the domestic import-competing industry consequently will set the level of protection low enough to limit direct foreign entry. This paper also establishes results regarding the form of protection. Voluntary export restraints are shown to be the domestic industry's desired means of protection, because leaving export rents with foreigners inhibits foreign direct investment. Copyright 1999 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 1993-8.

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Date of creation: 1993
Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiucen:4fb47265-bd68-4322-83b0-b40829b21c28
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