Finance-specific factors as drivers of cross-border investment - An empirical investigation

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In this paper we empirically test the role of firm-specific financial characteristics as drivers of international investment and production. We hypothesize that financial strength generates advantages that can be exploited through cross-border investment activity. The hypothesis is tested in a series of binary-response models, using a sample of 1379 European non-financial firms' international acquisitions. Controlling for traditional firm- and target-country-specific foreign direct investment (FDI) determinants, we find strong evidence that financial factors play a significant role in explaining cross-border investment. We conclude that without explicit consideration of the financial dimension, firms' FDI decisions cannot be properly understood. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Economics and Business

Keywords

  • OLI, Cost of capital, Financial variables, Cross-border acquisitions, FDI, Financial strategy, LISTINGS
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-641
JournalInternational Business Review
Volume17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes