Multinationals and Economic Development -An Integration of Competing Theories
Author: James C.W. Ahiakpor
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-02860-0
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-02860-5
No of pages : 128
eBook Price : $180
Originally Published : 6 Dec 1990
Multinationals dominate world trade and direct investment. However, less developed countries have often regarded this power as detrimental to their fragile, growing economies and have pursued a policy of regulation. Modern economic theories of multinationals need to evaluate the effects of such policies.
This book offers an alternative to restrictive policies, arguing that multinationals are best treated in the same way as local private firms. By integrating new theories of multinational enterprise and of development economics, the author presents a critical analysis of the various competing policy options and their consequences. Using empirical evidence from Asia, Africa and Latin America and covering such areas as imports, exports, resource utilization and new technology, the author asserts that a classical, neutralist policy towards MNCs would be the most effective way of stimulating growing economies.
This fresh approach makes the book of interest not only to those looking at less developed countries but to all those studying business and applied economics.