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Transport Infrastructure Investments and Competition for FDI

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  • Kate Hynes
  • Jie Ma
  • Cheng Yuan

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This paper studies how transport infrastructure investments affect a bidding war for a firm between two asymmetric countries within a region in a context of imperfect competition, where transport infrastructure investments play the role of a global public good, leading to a reduction in the unit trade cost between the two countries. A number of interesting results are derived from the model. In particular, transport infrastructure investments can intensify fiscal competition between the two countries. Surprisingly, this conventional wisdom seems to be confirmed by this paper for the first time. Welfare implications of the model are also examined.

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  • Kate Hynes & Jie Ma & Cheng Yuan, 2017. "Transport Infrastructure Investments and Competition for FDI," Working Papers 201718, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    Keywords

    Transport infrastructure investments; Fiscal competition; FDI; Imperfectly competitive market;
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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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