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Foreign direct investment and international trade in services: an analysis based on balance of payments microdata

Chiara Bentivogli (), Francesco Bripi (), Andrea Carboni (), Luca Cherubini (), Eleonora Laurenza (), Andrea Locatelli (), Paola Monti (), Elisabetta Nencioni (), Valeria Pellegrini () and Diego Scalise ()
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Luca Cherubini: Bank of Italy
Eleonora Laurenza: Bank of Italy
Paola Monti: Bank of Italy
Elisabetta Nencioni: Bank of Italy
Valeria Pellegrini: Bank of Italy
Diego Scalise: Bank of Italy

No 327, Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: This paper presents some analyses of FDI and international trade in services based on microdata used to produce balance of payments statistics. The microdata reveal and mitigate some informative limitations of official statistics, which no longer satisfy the growing need for internationalization data. The analysis shows that both FDI and trade in services are highly concentrated by size and geographic location; moreover, international trade in services also involves firms in the manufacturing industry, while FDI microdata indicate a significant presence of large companies and holdings. Indeed, the microdata show that internationalization often affects individual firms in different ways and is therefore suited to being studied from a number of perspectives; this opens up new possibilities for the empirical analysis of internationalization.

Keywords: statistics; internationalization; international trade in services; foreign direct investment; microdata (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F21 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-04
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