Spatial Distribution and Locational Determinants of Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment

Authors: Hao Huang*, Illinois Institute of Technology
Topics: Economic Geography, Business Geography, China
Keywords: Agglomeration economies and diseconomies, Urbanization, Population and migration, Foreign direct investment, Location decision, and China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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This project aims to investigate the geographic characteristics, motivations and behaviour of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) at multiple spatial-temporal scales, emphasizing institution-based views, with China’s new international economic cooperation initiatives driven by the new stage of globalization. The investigation of the geographic location and determinants of Chinese OFDI will be approached from the institutional aspect, scrutinizing the idiosyncratic responses of Chinese Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to the institutional environments and paying attention to the interaction among state, institutions and market. Three questions will be addressed: (1) What is the nature, spatial pattern and geographic characteristics of Chinese OFDI after China change its own development model by implementing a series of international economic cooperation initiatives, especially for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed in 2013? (2) What are the locational determinants of Chinese OFDI? (3) What are the motivations and mechanisms behind Chinese outward FDI?

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