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The Theory of Foreign Direct Investment

  • Mark Casson

Abstract

The concept of foreign direct investment (FDI) is a rather ambiguous one. To begin with, is the foreign investor the individual whose postponement of consumption enables the investment to be financed? Or is the investor the firm whose shares are owned by the individual concerned, and which owns the real assets on his behalf? If the investor is the firm then by what rules of nationality is it established that the firm is a foreign one — in particular, is there a meaningful economic criterion for the nationality of a multinational enterprise (MNE)?

Keywords

Foreign Direct Investment Indifference Curve Individual Investor Multinational Enterprise Initial Endowment 
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© Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson 1985

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  • Mark Casson

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