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Location Choice of Multinational Enterprises in China: Comparison between Japan and Taiwan

Discussion Papers

No.251

by Kuo-I CHANG, HAYAKAWA Kazunobu , MATSUURA Toshiyuki
August 2010

ABSTRACT

This paper examines and compares the location choice of Japanese and Taiwanese MNEs in China. Furthermore, we investigate the relationship between location choice and firm characteristics, specifically firms’ productivity. Due to Taiwan’s linguistic and cultural advantages in China, it is expected that the location choice mechanics are different between Japanese and Taiwanese MNEs. As a result, our main findings are that, while the less productive Japanese firms prefer a location in an area with a larger agglomeration of Japanese affiliates or in an area closer to Japan, the more productive Taiwanese firms prefer a location in an area with a larger agglomeration of Taiwanese affiliates or in an area closer to Taiwan.

Keywords: Multinational enterprises; China; Productivity
JEL classification: D24; F23

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