We examine the role of political environment (PE) in determining Chinese multinational corporations’ (MNCs) investment decisions considering the RenMinBi (RMB) exchange rate (ER) movement. System generalized method of moments, feasible generalized least squares, and fixed effect estimations are employed to conduct a panel data analysis of 92 countries for the period of 2003–2015.

Our empirical results reveal that Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) responds negatively to ER risk and political risks individually. After introducing the joint effect of PE and ER movement, the results suggest that Chinese OFDI’s risk preference to PE is reversed when RMB is appreciating. We argue that Chinese firms are still risk-avert when considering investing abroad. The empirical result shed light on better understating of Chinese OFDI patterns and motivations.

multinational companies, outward foreign direct investment, political environment, RMB appreciation
dx.doi.org/10.1080/1540496X.2018.1504208, hdl.handle.net/1765/109990
Emerging Markets Finance and Trade
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Erasmus School of Economics

Liu, H. (Haiyue), Chen, X. (Xiaolan), & Wu, Y. (2018). Political Environment and Chinese OFDI Under RMB Appreciation. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. doi:10.1080/1540496X.2018.1504208