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Playing away to win at home

  • Dermot Leahy

    (University College Dublin)

  • Stephen Pavelin

    (University of Reading)

This paper presents a model of the interaction between two rival firms based in the same country. Each firm must decide how to serve a foreign market (export or foreign production) and how much to invest in a corporate-wide asset that reduces production costs and/or augments the willingness-to-pay for their product. In this scenario, the firms’ foreign direct investment decisions are interdependent. Furthermore, strategic motives for FDI relate not to a firm’s domestic, as well as foreign, market profits. One possibility is that a firm sets up overseas production even though its foreign market profits would be higher by exporting.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200626.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 11 Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200626
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