Investigating Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investments: How Can Firm‐Level Data Help?

20 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2014

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Alessia A. Amighini

Università del Piemonte Orientale; Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Claudio Cozza

Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope

Roberta Rabellotti

University of Pavia

Marco Sanfilippo

University of Antwerp - Institute of Development Policy and Management

Date Written: November–December 2014

Abstract

The empirical literature on China's outward foreign direct investment mainly relies on aggregate data from official statistics, but the reliability of such data is currently a matter of concern because it does not take account of relevant features such as industry breakdown, ownership structure and entry mode. A novel firm‐level database, EMENDATA, compiled by matching data from several available sources on various types of cross‐border deals and including information on group structure, provides a more accurate picture and enables new empirical analyses of the rapidly increasing presence of Chinese companies abroad. Based on this database, this paper offers a more precise assessment of the geographical and sector specialization patterns of Chinese outward foreign direct investment into Europe and suggests new avenues for future research.

Keywords: China, firm‐level data, foreign direct investment, multinational enterprise

JEL Classification: F21, F23

Suggested Citation

Amighini, Alessia A. and Cozza, Claudio and Rabellotti, Roberta and Sanfilippo, Marco, Investigating Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investments: How Can Firm‐Level Data Help? (November–December 2014). China & World Economy, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 44-63, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528282 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cwe.12091

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Claudio Cozza

Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope ( email )

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Roberta Rabellotti

University of Pavia ( email )

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Marco Sanfilippo

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