This book explores the struggle for gains from direct investment between multinationals and developing countries. It discusses which policies work best in influencing the behaviour of MNEs and how developing countries compete with one another for multinational investment. It argues that the tax regimes of different countries rarly deter investors but that nationalisation acts as a powerful disincentive. It also concludes that governments should not be expected to sacrifice the environment to attract multinationals.
`Thomas Andersson's new book makes important advances in both the theory and policy analysis of multinationals by endogenizing the foreign investment decision, and then by exploiting simple game theory techniques. His work correctly emphasizes that welfare effects depend crucially on the structure of the game which determines whether or not investment actually occurs.' - James R. Markusen, University of Colorado at Boulder