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Li, Xiaoying, Zhang, Yin-Fang and Sun, Laixiang (2018) 'Industry agglomeration, sub-national institutions and the profitability of foreign subsidiaries.' Management International Review, 58 (6). pp. 969-993.

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This study investigates the impact of agglomeration and its interaction with subnational institutions on the profitability of multinational enterprises (MNEs) subsidiaries operating in an emerging economy. We argue that in an emerging economy like China, competition in product and factor markets is more intense between foreign firms than between foreign and domestic firms owing to market segmentation. Consequently, agglomerating with other foreign firms has negative impact on the profitability of foreign subsidiaries. In contrast, foreign firms agglomerating with domestic firms may reap gains owing to less competition and improved access to local resources and knowledge. We find that these effects are more pronounced to domestic-market-oriented foreign firms. Furthermore, sub-national institutions moderate the above relationships. Our arguments are supported by the empirical analysis based on a comprehensive dataset of foreign firms operating in China over the period of 1999-2005.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Industry agglomeration, MNE subsidiaries, Sub-national institutions, Emerging economies, China
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
ISSN: 09388249
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 09:51
Related URLs: https://www.spr ... t/journal/11575 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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