Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 5(5), pp. 265 - 279
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050504
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Foreign Direct Investment in State Owned Enterprises

Kyu-Hee Joo 1, Hyoung Suk Shim 2,*, Wonsik Sul 3
1 Investment Information Team & Foreign Investment Policy Center, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, Seoul, Korea
2 School of Business, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, 10314, New York, United States
3 Division of Business Administration, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea


We analyze determinants of foreign direct investment (FDI) in non-competitive industries. We develop a micro-level FDI determination model that allows for nonzero mark-up, and estimate it using the administrative FDI recipient records and annual financial statement data for Korean state owned enterprises (SOE). Using SOEs as our research objects can rule out the endogeneities of mark-up, firm ownership structure and the associated vertical or horizontal incentive FDI. This yields a consistent estimation of the effect of mark-up and other productivity-related factors on FDI. From the empirical analysis, we find that FDI is more likely to flow into firms with large-scale physical capital and output, and a positive mark-up, and the effect is the inverse of the number of workers in the firms, which implies that FDI might not cause productivity spillover effect in non-competitive industries.

Foreign Direct Investment, State Owned Enterprises, Public Sector Pricing, Productivity Spillover

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[1] Kyu-Hee Joo , Hyoung Suk Shim , Wonsik Sul , "Foreign Direct Investment in State Owned Enterprises," Advances in Economics and Business, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 265 - 279, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050504.

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Kyu-Hee Joo , Hyoung Suk Shim , Wonsik Sul (2017). Foreign Direct Investment in State Owned Enterprises. Advances in Economics and Business, 5(5), 265 - 279. DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050504.