Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A sectorial and spatial analysis of Chinese FDI to the US and the State of Indiana
by Bennett, Jeremy, Ph.D., Indiana State University, 2015, 252; 3739201
Abstract (Summary)

FDI from China to the United States has expanded over the last few years, resulting in an increasingly complicated spatial pattern of investment. This analysis investigates Chinese FDI to the US at three scales: the national, state, and local—in order to explain its emerging economic geography. Three specific research questions are addressed. First, what is the observed pattern of Chinese FDI in the United States at the state scale? Second, what is the sectorial distribution and pattern of Chinese FDI in Indiana? Third, is there a connection between Chinese actors channeling FDI to specific locales in Indiana and local Chinese and American actors in Indiana that is explained by established networks and culture-specific business relationships? For the national scale a panel regression model will be applied to the cumulative amounts of Chinese FDI to the states and the District of Columbia for the years 2000 to 2013. In addition, location quotients denoting sectorial amounts by state will be compared to levels for the US as a whole to highlight concentrated sectors. At the state and local scales, a qualitative analysis investigating the nature of the relationships between local Chinese actors, state and local government officials, and local business leaders will be carried out in order to better understand Chinese FDI and its economic geography in Indiana.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bennett, Jeremy M.
Commitee: Aldrich, Stephen, Berta, Susan, Bierly, Gregory, Chambers, Michael, Gatrell, Jay
School: Indiana State University
Department: Geography, Geology, and Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Economics, Political science
Keywords: China, Foreign direct investment, Governor, Indiana, Location, United states
Publication Number: 3739201
ISBN: 978-1-339-29744-6
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