Michael Plouffe

Email: michael.plouffe@ucl.ac.uk

Michael PlouffeMichael Plouffe is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Political Economy at University College London’s School of Public Policy. His research explores the relationships between firms, institutions, governments, and the global economy. His commentary on economic policy has appeared in a variety of outlets, from the BBC and NBC Euronews, to Newsweek and The Conversation. He received his PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 2013.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Disentangling Foreign Direct Investments

I describe multinational corporations’ (MNCs’) motivations for engaging in foreign direct investment (FDI) rather than other forms of internationalisation. When it comes to understanding the underlying determinants of an investment, some of the issues presented by FDI studies relying on high levels of aggregated FDI measures are caused by aggregation, and others are driven by data. There are gains from disaggregation in existing studies of both FDI and global supply chains and benefits for policymakers of pursuing and promoting such an approach.

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