UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTENT DECISIONS: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND AN APPLICATION TO THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Francisco M. Veloso
In industrializing regions, foreign investments often generate spillovers through regional backward links. This situation may create a gap between private and social valuations of resources, resulting in a level of local content below what would be optimal for the economy. This situation creates an opportunity for the enactment of domestic content regulations. This paper presents a model to understand how these policies condition the decisions of the economic agents and affect economic welfare. Then, it simulates the model using a case study of the automotive sector. Results suggest that, in certain conditions, this local content regulation can be welfare enhancing. Copyright Blackwell Publishing, Inc. 2006
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