Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2014/2: An analysis of Chinese outward FDIs in Europe with firm-level data

Alessia Amighini (), Claudio Cozza (), Roberta Rabellotti () and Marco Sanfilippo ()
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Alessia Amighini: Università del Piemonte Orientale
Claudio Cozza: Università di Trieste
Roberta Rabellotti: Università di Pavia
Marco Sanfilippo: European University Institute

Abstract: The empirical literature on China’s outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) mainly relies on aggregate data from official statistics, whose international reliability is currently a matter of concern, and that do not take account of some relevant features such as the industry breakdowns, ownership structures and modes of entry. A novel firm-level database (EMENDATA), compiled by matching data from several available sources, on various types of cross-border deals, and including information on group structure, enables new empirical analyses and provides new insights into the rapidly increasing presence of Chinese companies abroad. In this paper, exploring the potential of these data we offer an informative and comprehensive assessment of the geographical and specialization patterns of Chinese outward FDI into Europe and suggest new avenues for further research on this highly policy relevant issue.

Keywords: China; FDI; firm-level data; MNEs

JEL-codes: F21; F23

21 pages, April 10, 2014

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