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Do Chinese SOEs and private companies differ in their foreign location strategies?

Alessia Amighini, Marco Sanfilippo and Roberta Rabellotti
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Marco Sanfilippo (), Roberta Rabellotti () and Alessia Amighini ()

No 2012/27, RSCAS Working Papers from European University Institute

Abstract: We empirically analyze the host-country determinants of Chinese outbound foreign direct investments (ODI) in the period from 2003 to 2008, using disaggregated data by country and sector and distinguishing between State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and privately owned firms. Our results show that the pattern of Chinese ODI differs according to corporate ownership. Private firms are attracted by large markets and host-country strategic assets and are averse to economic and political risks when choosing investment locations abroad. Differently, state-owned enterprises follow the strategic needs of their home country and invest more in natural resource sectors, being largely indifferent to the political and economic conditions in the host countries.

Keywords: China; Foreign Direct Investment; Internationalization; Corporate Ownership; F14; F21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-06-18
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