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Editors: Harrison G. Blaine
Book Description:
Foreign direct investment (FDI) is defined as "investment made to acquire lasting interest in enterprises operating outside of the economy of the investor." The FDI relationship consists of a parent enterprise and a foreign affiliate which together form a Multinational corporation (MNC). In order to qualify as FDI the investment must afford the parent enterprise control over its foreign affiliate. The UN defines control in this case as owning 10% or more of the ordinary shares or voting power of an incorporated firm or its equivalent for an unincorporated firm; lower ownership shares are known as portfolio investment.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays an extraordinary and growing role in global business. It can provide a firm with new markets and marketing channels, cheaper production facilities, access to new technology, products, skills and financing. For a host country or the foreign firm which receives the investment, it can provide a source of new technologies, capital, processes, products, organizational technologies and management skills, and as such can provide a strong impetus to economic development. Foreign direct investment, in its classic definition, is defined as a company from one country making a physical investment into building a factory in another country.

This new book presents the latest thinking in the field.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Foreign Direct Investment and Performance of Japanese Companies of Brazil;pp. 1-20
(Mario Henrique Ogasavara, Dept. of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, National Univ. of Singapore, Singapore)

Chapter 2. ^ Labour Market Flexibility as a Key Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from the UK;pp. 21-43
(Philip B. Whyman, University of Central Lancashire, UK, Mark Baimbridge, University of Bradford, UK)

Chapter 3. ^ Intellectual property rights and foreign direct investment: the implications of labor union;pp. 45-56
(Arijit Mukherjee, School of Economics, University of Nottingham, UK and GEP, University of Nottingham)

Chapter 4. Core Labor Standards and Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Does LAX Enforcement of Labor Standards Attract Investors?;pp. 57-84
(Christian Daude, OECD Development Centre, Jacqueline Mazza, Inter-American Development Bank, Andrew Morrison, World Bank)

Chapter 5. China's FDI Inflows and Manufacturing Structural Adjustments: Inter-City Competition in the Globalized Delta Economies;pp. 85-121
(Chyau Tuan and Linda Fung-Yee Ng, Dept. of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, Faculty of Business Administration, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong)

Chapter 6. Foreign Direct Investment and Currency Hedging;pp. 123-144
(Kit Pong Wong, School of Economics and Finance, Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Chapter 7. Environmental Regulations and the Flow of Foreign Direct Investment: A Review of the Pollution Haven Hypothesis;pp. 145-154
(Raymond J. MacDermott, Virginia Military Institute)

Chapter 8. FDI and Labour Demand Adjustment to Factor Prices and Demand Shocks in the UK Manufacturing Industry;pp. 155-168
(Qian Cher Li, Dept. of Economics, Univ. of Glasgow, UK, Sourafel Girma, Nottingham Univ. Business School, UK)

Chapter 9. On the Relationship between OFDI and China's Economic Standard - Test of the Dunning's Theory of FDI;pp. 169-188
(Zhang Weifu, School of International Business and Economics, Nanjing Univ. of Finance & Economics, Nanjing)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 200 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60456-921-6
   Status: AV
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