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The impact of the economic crisis on the financial performance of multinational corporations

Xin Zhao, Xianling Jiang and Zhaoyang Li

International Review of Economics & Finance, 2015, vol. 37, issue C, 55-68

Abstract: We investigate the impact of the recent economic crisis on the financial performance of multinational corporations. The results show that multinational corporations in our study sample have increased more than 1.9 times (from $529.63million to $1544.82million) in their sales in Asia, and have increased 13.7 times (from $16.88million to $247.74million) in their sales in China from 1999 to 2012. Moreover, we find that the increase in Asian/Chinese percentage sales results in higher accounting performance after the crisis, in contrast to domestic firms. This result is robust and controls for firm and industry characteristics, and possible endogeneity issues. Finally, new entrant firms to Asia and China experienced an increase in ROA, while their matched firms and domestic firms did not. All these results indicate that firms which have taken aggressive actions (e.g., by strategically relocating their sales to other parts of the world such as Asia/China) experienced less adverse effects from the crisis compared with their domestic counterparts.

Keywords: Economic crisis; Percentage sale; Multinational corporations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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