Inward investment, industry concentration and the speed of adjustment

Nigel Driffield

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T his paper seeks to examine the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and industry concentration. Previous work in the area is somewhat contradictory in terms of the effect that FDI may be expected to have on host-country market structure. In addition, work which seeks to use concentration as a determinant of FDI (or indeed entry in a more generic sense) is rather ambiguous. This paper seeks to resolve these issues, and argues that inward FDI is more likely to reduce concentration by increasing competition than it is to increase monopoly power. In addition, the paper will show that the role of concentration in explaining FDI is more complex than has previously been understood. This paper is constructed as follows: Section II discusses the hypothesized relationship between market concentration and FDI, while Sections III, IV and V develop the models employed and discuss the econometric issues. Finally Sections VI and VII discuss the results and present some conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-214
Number of pages22
JournalWeltwirtschaftliches Archiv
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


  • inward investment
  • industry concentration
  • speed of adjustment


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