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On the topological structure of multinationals network

Charlie Joyez ()

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2017, vol. 473, issue C, 578-588

Abstract: This paper uses a weighted network analysis to examine the structure of multinationals’ implantation countries network. Based on French firm-level dataset of multinational enterprises (MNEs) the network analysis provides information on each country position in the network and in internationalization strategies of French MNEs through connectivity preferences among the nodes. The paper also details network-wide features and their recent evolution toward a more decentralized structure. While much has been said on international trade network, this paper shows that multinational firms’ studies would also benefit from network analysis, notably by investigating the sensitivity of the network construction to firm heterogeneity.

Keywords: Network analysis; Weighted directed networks; Foreign direct investment; Multinational firms; Firm heterogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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