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Title: Foreign divestment in the integration development path of Greece

Authors: Antonios Georgopoulos; Vasilios Sogiakas; Ioannis-Dionysios Salavrakos

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, University of Patras, University Campus, 26504 Rio Patras, Greece ' Department of Economics, Adam Business School, University of Glasgow, UK ' University of Athens (visiting), Department of Turkish & Modern Asian Studies, 6 Kaplanon Street, 10680 Athens, Greece

Abstract: Research on investment development path (IDP) primarily focuses on conventional FDI. Instead, our study extends the IDP to explore foreign divestment within the European integration process approaching foreign divestment risk as the outcome of an interaction between regional integration and economic development. This is the main contribution of the study. In particular, the paper explores divestment risk when the emerging economy of Greece enters the single market which is considered as a crucial turning point for its development path. The analysis focuses on the divestment outcome of 162 MNE subsidiaries established during the protectionism era and finds considerable manufacturing divestment during the transition from protectionism to regional integration in spite of the positive development of the Greek economy. However, the divestment effects of the individual explanatory variables used in the study are asymmetrical. The findings provide useful lessons for economic policy in emerging economies entering a developed integrated area, having interesting integration and FDI policy implications and venues for future research.

Keywords: foreign divestment; IDP paradigm; European integration; turning point of development path; Greece.

DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2018.088466

Global Business and Economics Review, 2018 Vol.20 No.1, pp.1 - 17

Available online: 14 Nov 2017 *

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