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Multiproduct Multinationals and Reciprocal FDI Dumping

Richard E. Baldwin, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano

NBER Working Paper No. 6483
Issued in March 1998
NBER Program(s):   ITI

The global pattern of foreign direct investment (FDI) is quite similar to the world trade pattern. In particular, intraindustry FDI between rich nations is almost as pervasive as intraindustry trade among rich nations. In the standard' MNC model (of Markusen, Venables, Brainard, and others), FDI is driven by a tradeoff between proximity and scale, so firms typically supply the foreign market via exports or via FDI. The close correlation of two-way trade and investment flows is therefore difficult to explain with the standard model. We propose a model of multiproduct MNCs where firms simultaneously engage in intraindustry FDI and intraindustry trade.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6483

Published: Baldwin, Richard and Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano. "Multiproduct Multinationals And Reciprocal," Journal of International Economics, 2001, v54(2,Aug), 429-448. citation courtesy of

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