Comparing sectoral FDI incentives: Comparative advantages and market opportunities

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In this paper we closely examine the implications of comparative advantage for foreign direct investment (FDI) incentives. Particularly, we find that the host country’s comparative advantage sector is more attractive to inward FDI than its comparative disadvantage sector. This finding is supported by em- pirical evidence. However, such a cross-sector FDI comparison has not been studied, theoretically and explicitly, in the literature. This paper contributes to the literature by filling this gap. We have also obtained some other results such as how the degrees of comparative advantage and absolute advantage af- fect FDI incentives, and whether a multinational corporation (MNC) should allow its foreign subsidiary to be run independently. 2003

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  • Absolute advantage
  • Comparative advantage
  • FDI incentives
  • Foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • Market opportunity
  • Multinational corporation (MNC)

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  • ISSN: 15297373


  • Larry D. Qiu

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