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Benefits of foreign ownership: evidence from foreign direct investment in china

Jian Wang () and Xiao Wang ()

No 191, Globalization Institute Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Abstract: To examine the effect of foreign direct investment, this paper compares the post-acquisition performance changes of foreign- and domestic-acquired firms in China. Unlike previous studies, we investigate the purified effect of foreign ownership by using domestic-acquired firms as the control group. After controlling for the acquisition effect that also exists in domestic acquisitions, we find no evidence in the data that foreign ownership can bring productivity gains to target firms. In contrast, a strong and robust finding is that foreign ownership significantly improves target firms' financial conditions and exports relative to domestic-acquired firms. Foreign acquisition is also found to improve output, employment and wage for target firms. These findings highlight the financial channel through which FDI benefits income and economic growth of host countries.

JEL-codes: F15 F21 F23 F36 F60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 2014-09-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-int and nep-tra
Note: Published as: Wang, Jian and Xiao Wang (2015), "Benefits of Foreign Ownership: Evidence from Foreign Direct Investment in China," Journal of International Economics 97 (2): 325-338.
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DOI: 10.24149/gwp191

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