Trust and foreign ownership

Evidence from intra‐European foreign direct investments

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Abstract

We use a novel firm‐level dataset to test whether trust affects the volume and the ownership structure FDI across Europe. Our methodology deals with the endogeneity of trust from the investor to the recipient country. We expect such a trust measure to affect investment decisions, and the associated knowledge capital, differently across types of foreign investors. In particular, this effect is expected to be stronger for industrial investors who possess transferable knowledge capital. The data confirm our predictions. Higher trust increases the number and volume of FDIs, but also the probability of co‐investing with a partner from the recipient country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-346
JournalReview of International Economics
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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Trust and foreign ownership : Evidence from intra‐European foreign direct investments. / Da Rin, Marco; Di Giacomo, M.; Sembenelli, Allessandro.

In: Review of International Economics, Vol. 27, No. 1, 02.2019, p. 313-346.

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