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The Impact of Brexit on Foreign Investment and Production

Staff Report 542 | Revised December 19, 2018

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The Impact of Brexit on Foreign Investment and Production

Abstract

Using simulations from a multicountry neoclassical growth model, we analyze several post-Brexit scenarios. First, the United Kingdom unilaterally imposes tighter restrictions on FDI and trade from other EU nations. Second, the European Union retaliates and imposes the same restrictions on the UK. Finally, the United Kingdom reduces restrictions on other nations during the post-Brexit transition. Model predictions depend crucially on the policy response of multinationals’ investment in technology capital, accumulated know-how from investments in R&D, brands, and organizations used simultaneously in their domestic and foreign operations.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21034/sr.542


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