Foreign Direct Investment vs. Foreiegn Portfolio Investment

36 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2005 Last revised: 9 Sep 2010

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Itay Goldstein

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School - Finance Department

Assaf Razin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

The paper develops a model of foreign direct investments (FDI) and foreign portfolio investments (FPI). FDI is characterized by hands-on management style which enables the owner to obtain relatively refined information about the productivity of the firm. This superiority, relative to FPI, comes with a cost: a firm owned by the relatively well-informed FDI investor has a low resale price because of a "lemons" type asymmetric information between the owner and potential buyers. The model can explain several stylized facts regarding foreign equity flows, such as the larger ratio of FDI to FPI inflows in developing countries relative to developed countries, and the smaller volatility of FDI net inflows relative to FPI net inflows.

Suggested Citation

Goldstein, Itay and Razin, Assaf, Foreign Direct Investment vs. Foreiegn Portfolio Investment (January 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11047. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=648949

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