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Migrants and multinational firms: The role of institutional affinity and connectedness in FDI

Pallavi Shukla and John Cantwell ()

Journal of World Business, 2018, vol. 53, issue 6, 835-849

Abstract: We examine how, and to what extent, migrants in a host country attract foreign direct investment (FDI) from firms based in their country of origin (CO). Introducing the notion of institutional affinity, we argue that increased institutional affinity and increased connectedness of institutional environments of migrants’ CO and country of residence, make a location attractive to CO firms. Empirical analysis of FDI and migration panel data shows that in addition to the traditional factors influencing FDI patterns, there is a collective migrant effect on FDI, and this effect is statistically significant and economically meaningful for migrants from developing countries.

Keywords: FDI; Migration; Institution; Panel data; Foreign direct investment; Cross-country connectedness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2018.07.003

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