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Surviving the global financial crisis : foreign ownership and establishment performance, Volume 1
 
Author:Alfaro, Laura; Chen, Maggie Xiaoyang; Country:World;
Date Stored:2012/01/12Document Date:2012/01/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Bankruptcy and Resolution of Financial Distress; Economic Theory & Research; Emerging Markets; Economic Conditions and Volatility; Investment and Investment Climate
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Industry and trade
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Impact Of Fdi And Multi-National Activity -- -- P129691;Region:The World Region
Report Number:WPS5946Sub Sectors:General industry and trade sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5946Volume No:1

Summary: This paper examines how different establishments performed during the recent global financial crisis, focusing on the role of foreign ownership. The paper investigates how foreign ownership affected establishments' responses to negative economic shocks, using a cross-country panel dataset with detailed information on operation, location and industry for more than 12 million establishments from 2005-2008. The evidence shows that multinational subsidiaries on average fared better than local counterfactuals with similar economic characteristics. Among multinational subsidiaries, establishments with stronger production and financial linkages with parent companies showed greater resilience. Finally, in contrast to the crisis period, the impact of foreign ownership and linkages on an establishment's performance was insignificant in non-crisis years.

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