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The Export Intensity of Foreign Affiliates in Transition Economies: The Importance of the Organization of Production

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  • Jørgen Ulff-Møller Nielsen, Denmark
  • Konrad Pawlik, Jagiellonian Institute, Poland

Using a unique database containing trade and industry variables of foreign-owned companies in the Polish manufacturing industry for the years 1993-2002, we investigate the relationship between the organizational structure of multinational enterprises in Poland and the export structure of their affiliates. We find that labour intensity and foreign control are the main explanatory variables for the export intensity of the affiliates. Given the overall rise in export intensity over the period of investigation, our findings suggest that export-platform FDI has become a more important mode of organization for multinational enterprises (MNEs) as Poland has evolved into a relatively stable economic environment where MNEs feel comfortable basing their regional operations.



Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomics of Transition
Pages (from-to)603-624
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • Export intensity; foreign affiliates; Poland; vertically and horizontally integrated MNEs; knowledge transfer; absorptive capacity

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