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European cities and foreign investment networks

Crescenzi, Riccardo, Datu, Kerwin and Iammarino, Simona (2017) European cities and foreign investment networks. Scienze Regionali: Italian Journal of Regional Science, 16 (2). pp. 229-260. ISSN 1720-3929

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Identification Number: 10.14650/86465


Although one of the core questions in the study of multinational enterprises (MNEs) has been typically that of where their different operations take place, the spatial dimension of MNE investments and functions is still relatively underexplored in the literature. This paper investigates the networks formed by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by applying network analysis techniques drawn from the world city network literature. Data are extracted from the FDi Markets database to describe and analyse the geography of FDI flows among a set of 3,500 cities and towns within the European Union (EU) Member States and their neighbourhood. The paper identifies hierarchical patterns of relations between different types of locations, and gains a finer-scaled appreciation of sectoral and functional specialisations of different regions within Europe

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Additional Information: © 2017 Società Editrice il Mulino
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F21 - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 - Multinational Firms; International Business
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 02:42

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