Inward investment and host country market structure:the case of the U.K.

Driffield, Nigel (2001). Inward investment and host country market structure:the case of the U.K. Review of industrial organization, 18 (4), pp. 363-378.

Abstract

Multinational enterprises are seen as vehicles for the international transfer of investment capital, protecting and increasing profits by transferring ownership advantages across national boundaries. As such, the argument often follows that foreign direct investment then exacerbates the monopoly problem in host countries, by increasing concentration and facilitating collusion. This paper however reveals the reverse, that inward investment into the U.K. acts to reduce concentration at the industry level, by increasing competitive pressures on domestic industry.

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