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Option Value, Policy Uncertainty, and the Foreign Direct Investment Decision

  • Chen, Yu-Fu
  • Funke, Michael

In this paper we analyse the impact of policy uncertainty on foreign direct investment strategies. The paper follows the real options approach, which allows to investigate the value to a firm of waiting to invest and/or disinvest, when payoffs are stochastic due to political uncertainty and investments are partially reversible. Across the board we find that political uncertainty can be very detrimental to FDI decisions.

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Paper provided by Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) in its series HWWA Discussion Papers with number 234.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwadp:26373
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