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How does the routing of FDI to and via tax havens confound our understanding of Chinese MNE identity? A critical review of the empirical literature on Chinese MNEs

  • Dylan SutherlandEmail author
  • Jean-Francois Hennart
  • John R. Anderson
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Abstract

An extensive empirical literature tests the motivations and characteristics of the outward foreign direct investments of Chinese MNEs. Much of it, however, suffers from serious shortcomings in its treatment and use of foreign direct investment data. In particular, most research fails to properly account for the ways in which Chinese MNEs route their foreign direct investments both to and via tax havens and financial centers. As a result, our understanding of the identity of Chinese MNEs still remains embryonic. We outline the nature of the most commonly found problems so as to inform future research.

Keywords

Tax havens FDI data Chinese MNEs Special purpose entities Measuring MNE activity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dylan Sutherland
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean-Francois Hennart
    • 2
    • 3
  • John R. Anderson
    • 4
  1. 1.Durham University Business SchoolUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  2. 2.Department of ManagementUniversity of TilburgTilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Global Business and TradeVienna University of Business and EconomicsViennaAustria
  4. 4.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

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