Foreign exchange rates and FDI behavior of multinational enterprises: comparative analysis before and after the 1997 Korean financial crisis
This paper investigates whether the investment strategies of multinational enterprises have changed as a result of the 1997 financial crisis in Korea. Estimation results using balanced panel data indicate that the investment decisions of global MNEs seem to have changed following the crisis. The crisis seems to have served as a 'cold shower' for MNEs making investment decisions, as they have taken exchange rate 'volatility' into account to a greater extent following the crisis. In contrast, there is no robust evidence that the investment decisions of foreign investors are closely correlated with the level of exchange rate, either before or after the crisis.
Journal of Asia Business Studies