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Regional Grants and FDI Location: Evidence from Swedish Regional Policy Programs 2002-2009
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2080-6859
2013 (English)In: Romanian Journal of Regional Science, ISSN 1843-8520, E-ISSN 1843-8520, Vol. 7, no 1, 36-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates factors determining the location of foreign direct investments (FDI) in Sweden. The main purpose is to examine the link between FDI and public incentives, in the form of regional grants, which make up a central part of the Swedish regional policy and state expenditures that explicitly addresses regional development. Our main finding is that there is no evidence of a robust relationship between grants and the location of FDI. However, a statistically significant effect is found for investment support and transport allowance, which are grants that aims at promoting development in designated areas. This by supporting investments in machines, buildings, and so on, and offset costs disadvantages in the northern parts of the country. We conclude that a better integration between the work on FDI and regional development may be a plausible route to promote economic development in Sweden, particularly in deprived regions.

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2013. Vol. 7, no 1, 36-68 p.
Keyword [en]
Foreign Direct Investment, Firm location, Public intervention, Sweden
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-125896DiVA: diva2:641286
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QC 20130816

Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Essays on the Interplay between Multinational Enterprises and Spatial Economies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Essays on the Interplay between Multinational Enterprises and Spatial Economies
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This doctoral thesis concerns the interplay between multinational enterprises (MNE) and spatial economies, with an orientation towards the location and spillover effects of inward foreign direct investments (FDI). The thesis consists of four essays that are self-contained studies. The first essay relates to the shift away from FDI in manufacturing to services and examines whether service FDI locates differently from manufacturing FDI. The second essay concerns the relationship between FDI and public incentives and whether investment promotion schemes are useful to attract FDI. The third essay examines the link between human capital and FDI and how different types of skilled workers influence FDI location. Taken together, these three essays examine conditions and factors that determine the location decision of foreign MNEs in the contemporary era of globalisation. The forth essay examines whether labour mobility is a potential source for spillovers from FDI in a spatial context. Although the latter essay does not provide any final answer to whether spillovers actually arise through this channel, it shows that the potentials for an effect to arise are larger in some regions than others because there are very few or no such knowledge spillover agents in many parts of the country. The thesis concludes by discussing the link between FDI and the policy work on regional development, and some avenues for future studies.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. 34 p.
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Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2013:04
Keyword
Multinational Enterprises, Foreign Direct Investment, Firm location, Spillovers, Regional Development Policy and Analysis, Spatial Distributions of Economic Activity, Functional regions, Sweden
National Category
Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125898 (URN)978-91-7501-763-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-09-05, Sal F3 (Sing-Sing), Lindstedtsvägen 26, entréplan, KTH, Stockholm, 09:30 (English)
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QC 20130816

Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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