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FDI as an Export-Platform: A Gravity Model for the Danish Agri-Food Industry

Luljeta Hajderllari (), Kostas Karantininis () and Lartey G. Lawson ()
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Luljeta Hajderllari: Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Lartey G. Lawson: Department of Business and Management, University of Aalborg

No 2012/7, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: We investigate factors affecting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) outflow from Danish agri-food firms to the rest of the world. We develop a conceptual model and subsequently use a gravity model based on data from 127 countries receiving Danish FDI in agri-food in 2004-2008. We find higher Danish FDI towards countries with large exports of agri-food, thereby supporting the hypothesis that FDI is used as an export-platform. FDI is coupled with high exports from Denmark, probably of raw or semi-processed food products for further processing and exports. We also find that FDI is higher in countries with stable political regimes.

Keywords: FDI; export-platform; Danish Agri-Food; gravity model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F23 Q13 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2012-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr and nep-int
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