How to Maximize Domestic Benefits from Irreversible Foreign Investments: The Role of Uncertainty and Irreversibility
When a foreign monopolist facing uncertain future demand can either export to a host country or serve the market by undertaking an irreversible foreign direct investment, the host government maximizes net domestic benefits by nearly fully subsidizing the investment cost in combination with taxing away benefits that exceed the gains from exporting. Without the subsidy, maximization of domestic benefits leads to underinvestment from a world welfare point of view.
- G31 : Capital Budgeting; Investment Policy
- H21 : Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- E62 : Fiscal Policy; Public Expenditures, Investment, and Finance; Taxation