Why Investors Value Multinationality
Journal of Business. 64(2) 165-187, April 1991
Posted: 8 Jun 2013
Date Written: April 9, 1990
We examine the value of multinationality to investors as reflected in firms' q ratios. The positive impact of research and development and advertising spending on a firm's q is enhanced by multinationality, but multinationality itself has no significant impact. This supports the internalization theory's prediction that intangible assets are necessary to justify direct foreign investment and, thus, a recent strand of trade literature that assumes multinational firms have intangible assets with public good properties. Our results do not support the hypothesis that investors value multinational firms as a means of diversifying their portfolios internationally.
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