Global Fixed Capital Investment by Multinational Firms

26 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2013

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René Belderbos

University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation; Maastricht University - Department of Organization & Strategy

Kyoji Fukao

Hitotsubashi University - Institute of Economic Research

Wilko H. Letterie

Maastricht School of Business and Economics; Maastricht University

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

We develop and test a model of the simultaneous determination of global gross fixed capital investments by multinational firms. We integrate a model of multi‐product firms choosing optimal manufacturing locations with a model of dynamic investment optimization. Firms adjust capital stocks in each location in accordance with the expected marginal profitability of capital. Analysis of 1504 fixed capital investment decisions by Japanese multinational firms confirms the prediction that investment is determined not only by total factor productivity, effective demand, and wage levels in the host country, but also by wage levels in other countries in which the firm operates.

Suggested Citation

Belderbos, Rene and Fukao, Kyoji and Letterie, Wilko H., Global Fixed Capital Investment by Multinational Firms (April 2013). Economica, Vol. 80, Issue 318, pp. 274-299, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2233216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12014

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