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Incentives for foreign direct investment under imitation
Canadian Journal of Economics
  • Ping LIN, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Kamal SAGGI, So Methodist University, United States
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
1-1-1999
Abstract
We study the symmetric mixed strategy equilibrium of a dynamic model where at each instant two exporting firms choose their probability of foreign direct investment (FDI). The first firm's FDI generates cost-lowering spillovers for the second and leads to local imitation, thereby intensifying competition. While an increase in imitation risk usually makes FDI less likely, there exist parameter values for which the converse holds. The key point is that by delaying the second firm's switch to FDI, an increase in imitation risk can increase the value of being first to invest, thereby increasing the equilibrium probability of FDI.
DOI
10.2307/136482
E-ISSN
15405982
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Lin, P., & Sggi K. (1999). Incentives for foreign direct investment under imitation. Canadian Journal of Economics, 32(5), 1275-1298. doi: 10.2307/136482