Home bias persistence in foreign direct investments

Levis, M., Muradoglu, Y.G. and Vasileva, K. 2016. Home bias persistence in foreign direct investments. European Journal of Finance. 22 (8-9), pp. 782-802. doi:10.1080/1351847X.2015.1019640

TitleHome bias persistence in foreign direct investments
AuthorsLevis, M., Muradoglu, Y.G. and Vasileva, K.
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the issues related to home bias and foreign direct investments (FDIs). We study the role of physical, cultural, and institutional distances from home on FDI decisions taken by corporations to assess whether the globalization of the past two decades has reduced their influence. Using the ‘home bias’ framework from the finance literature and the gravity model from the economics literature, we utilize a large sample of both developed and emerging markets, using FDI flows of 6263 unique bilateral country pairs over a 30-year period. We find strong empirical evidence of persistent home bias in FDI outflows, and we show that not only physical distance but also cultural and institutional similarities between host and source countries remain a decisive factor in foreign corporate investment decisions. We also show that such home bias is persistent over time and is observed around the world.

Keywordsforeign direct investment, home bias, gravity model, panel data, C33, F21, F23, G02
JournalEuropean Journal of Finance
Journal citation22 (8-9), pp. 782-802
ISSN1351-847X
Year2016
PublisherRoutledge
Accepted author manuscriptVasileva_EJF_2015_AAM.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/1351847X.2015.1019640
Publication dates
Published27 Mar 2015

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