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Title: Multinational enterprises and location choice : FDI determinants in the EU15
Author: Dimitropoulou, Dimitra
ISNI:       0000 0001 3424 6461
Awarding Body: The University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis examines host location determinants of FDI in the context of EU15 countries using both a macro and a micro dataset. At the macro level, the analysis is conducted on a panel of EU15 inward FDI flows in order to identify the major host-country factors attracting FDI and the prevalent strategic motivations of the MNE into countries. After distinguishing between core and periphery EU15 countries and between investments from different parts of the world, we conclude that major differences exist in MNE motivation according to economic development levels and firm nationality. At the micro level we employ a different dataset of FDI projects into UK regions and examine the location decision of the MNE, first based on firm-specific attributes only and then based on firm-specific as well as region-specific characteristics. Our conclusions from this analysis are that London is the region which benefits most from inward investment and that regional specialisation is the single most important host location factor for regional FDI attraction.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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