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The Attitude of U.S. Multi-National Corporations Towards Ireland as a Location for Foreign Direct Investment

Stedman, Eoghan (2012) The Attitude of U.S. Multi-National Corporations Towards Ireland as a Location for Foreign Direct Investment. Masters thesis, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) represents a major source of employment and finance to Ireland, with flows in excess of US$ 26billion in both 2009 and 2010 into the country, the majority of which came from U.S. companies. Equally, Ireland has become an important location for American firms looking to locate operations overseas, with the stock of such investments in the country estimated at over $190 billion in 2009, which is more than the value of American investments into Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. By 2012, all this investment resulted in over 500 U.S. owned companies operating within the State providing jobs to 100,000 people. What are the factors encouraging such levels of investment into a peripheral European nation? Is it all about Ireland’s corporate tax rate? What, if any role is played by factors such as cultural ties, a shared language and government policy in attracting American investors? This paper reviews the literature and carries out research to determine the factors influencing the FDI decisions of U.S. Multi-National Corporations to determine if they are all purely profit driven or whether any ‘soft factors’ work in Ireland’s favour when courting American investors.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Investment > Foreign Direct Investment
Divisions: School of Business > Masters of Science in Management
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 12:08
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2124

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