Quantifying Productivity Gains from Foreign Investment

Tinbergen Institute 13-058/IV

55 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2013 Last revised: 19 Feb 2021

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Christian Fons-Rosen

University of California, Merced

Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Koc University, Graduate School of Business

Bent E. Sørensen

University of Houston - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Carolina Villegas-Sanchez

ESADE Business School

Vadym Volosovych

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR); Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: February 8, 2021

Abstract

We revisit the relationship between foreign investment and productivity of acquired firms. First, we construct a panel firm-level dataset for eight advanced European countries covering domestic and foreign acquisitions together with detailed balance sheet information for the years 1999--2012. Second, we address the challenge of identifying a causal relation. To that end, we compare foreign to domestic acquisitions in addition to accounting for the impact of majority versus minority acquisitions after controlling for country and sector trends. The productivity of foreign acquired affiliates increases modestly after four years, but only when majority stakes are acquired by foreigners. Our results are driven by foreign acquisitions and not by foreign divestment.

Keywords: Multinationals, Selection, Majority Ownership, Advanced Countries

JEL Classification: E32, F15, F36, O16

Suggested Citation

Fons-Rosen, Christian and Kalemli-Ozcan, Sebnem and Sorensen, Bent E. and Villegas-Sanchez, Carolina and Volosovych, Vadym, Quantifying Productivity Gains from Foreign Investment (February 8, 2021). Tinbergen Institute 13-058/IV, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2249706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2249706

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