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On the FDI-attracting property of privatizatio

Oscar Amerighi () and Giuseppe De Feo ()

No 2010-34, SIRE Discussion Papers from Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)

Abstract: In this paper, we provide an explanation of why privatization may attract foreign investors willing to enter a regional market. Privatization turns the formerly-public firm into a less aggressive competitor since profit-maximizing output is lower than the welfaremaximizing one. The drawback is that social welfare generally decreases. We also investigate tax/subsidy competition for FDI and put forward its potentially positive role. On the one hand, it may reduce the negative impact on welfare of an FDI-attracting privatization. On the other hand, it may prevent a welfare-reducing investment by the foreign firm. This sheds light on the substitute/complementary relationship between the two policies and the two objectives of governments.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Privatization; Policy Competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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