Most FDI takes place between the developed countries, which suggests that the market-seeking motive is important for understanding FDI. However, given the stylized fact that trade barriers (e.g. transportation costs and financial barriers) have declined over the past 20 years, models that aim to explain market-seeking FDI tend to predict a decline in FDI. Neary (2008) offers two explanations for this puzzle: (1) the export platform motive (where firms gain access to an integrated market by investing in one of the “integrated” countries); (2) Neary’s (2007) GOLE model, which explains cross-border mergers and acquisitions (this model is of interest since most FDI comes in the form of M&As). By using a gravity framework, where we also deal with the “zero gravity problem”, we confirm the predictions of the GOLE model.

cross-border M&As, economic integration, financial openness
Trade: General (jel F10), Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies (jel F12), Economic Integration (jel F15), Financial Aspects of Economic Integration (jel F36), International Finance Forecasting and Simulation (jel F37), Open Economy Macroeconomics (jel F41), Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance (jel G34), Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets (jel L13)
University of Munich
CESifo Working Paper No. 2008/2294
Erasmus School of Economics

Brakman, S, Garita, G.A, Garretsen, J.H, & van Marrewijk, J.G.M. (2008). Unlocking the value of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. University of Munich. Retrieved from