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Location Decision-Making Characteristics of Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S.

by Francis M. Ulgado

Abstract

Amidst a rapid surge in the eighties and declining growth in the nineties, foreign direct investment in the United States remains a significant and sought after phenomenon. Billions ahve been spent by firms in selecting an investment site location, while billions more have been spent by communities in efforts to attract foreign investment. A survey of domestic and foreign manafacturing companies in teh United States indicates that managerial differences across nationalities are evident in plant location decision-making which involves location information sources, preferred incentives, satisfaction levels, and location programs. Implications for manufacturing firm management, as well as economic development officials and policymakers can be derived from comparing foreign investors with their domestic counterparts.