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Corporate structure of leading firms in Europe: does country origin still matter?

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  • Isabelle De Voldere

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  • Leo Sleuwaegen

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  • An Van Pelt
  • Reinhilde Veugelers

    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)

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This article traces the changing impact of national differences on the geographical and industry diversification strategy of leading firms in Europe in 1987-2000, a period of intensified European integration. The results indicate that, whereas country of origin had a significant effect at the beginning of the period, its impact has gradually diminished over time, with firms overall focusing resources on core activities but at the same time expanding production more internationally. However, some country differences do persist over time. Especially firms originating from Germany and Italy appear to be still significantly influenced by national differences.

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  • Isabelle De Voldere & Leo Sleuwaegen & An Van Pelt & Reinhilde Veugelers, 2004. "Corporate structure of leading firms in Europe: does country origin still matter?," Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School Working Paper Series 2004-12, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
  • Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2004-12
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    1. Orrenius, Pia M. & Zavodny, Madeline, 2007. "Does immigration affect wages? A look at occupation-level evidence," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 14(5), pages 757-773, October.
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