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Exploring the regional distribution of inbound FDI in the United Kingdom in theory and practice – evidence from a five region study

Untersuchung der regionalen Aufteilung von in Grobritannien eintreffenden ausländischen Direktinvestitionen in Theorie und Praxis - Belege aus einer Studie unter fünf Regionen
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Fallon, Grahame; Cook, Mark

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Abstract This paper examines the main factors that attract inbound foreign direct investment (FDI) at the UK regional level, using econometric data from five sample UK regions (the South East, West Midlands, North West, Wales and Scotland) broadly representing the country’s regional economic divide. The findings indicate that regional and national (but not EU-level) factors, linked to several underlying strategic determinants help determine the regional distribution of inbound FDI, and its inter-regional variation. The paper concludes that governmental policymakers at the national and regional levels can have an important role to play in drawing targeted FDI inflows to the UK regions.
Classification Economic Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords inbound FDI location; UK regions; strategic determinants; specific motives; government policy implications
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 337-353
Journal Regional Studies, 44 (2010) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400802378735
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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