Domestic Effects of the Foreign Activities of U.S. Multinationals
Mihir A. Desai
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
C. Fritz Foley
Harvard Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
James R. Hines Jr.
University of Michigan; NBER
May 1, 2008
Ross School of Business Paper No. 1020
Do firms investing abroad simultaneously reduce their domestic activity? This paper analyzes the relationship between the domestic and foreign operations of American manufacturing firms between 1982 and 2004 by instrumenting for changes in foreign operations with GDP growth rates of the foreign countries in which they invest. Estimates produced using this instrument indicate that 10% greater foreign investment is associated with 2.6% greater domestic investment, and 10% greater foreign employee compensation is associated with 3.7% greater domestic employee compensation. These results do not support the popular notion that expansions abroad reduce a firm's domestic activity, instead suggesting the opposite.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: FDI, multinational firms, investment, outsourcing
JEL Classification: F23, F21, H25
Date posted: October 26, 2005 ; Last revised: May 27, 2008
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