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KINT 7655 - Global Firms

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

A large share of economic activities world wide is accounted for by large, frequently multinational, companies. Even though the largest majority of firms are small, global events, international financial and real flows have frequently a granular dimension, as they are the outcome of relatively few large players, operating across several boundaries. What are the drivers of this concentration of economic activities? Why do firms become large? Why do they become multinational? Where do they locate their activities? Also, this concentration has important economic consequences globally, on host and home economies. What is the impact of large global firms on trade, growth, employment, income distribution? Finally, policies aim at affecting such effects by favouring or sometimes discouraging the activities of global firms. What shoud policies aim at, and how have they been implemented world wide? This course will address all of these questions discussing several theoretical approaches, empirical evidence and some case studies.


BARBA NAVARETTI, Giorgio (Professor of Economics at the University of Milan and Scientific Director of the Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano)