CLOSING THE INSTITUTIONAL GAP:

Protecting Technology in Foreign Direct Investment

My dissertation book project investigates how multinational corporations investing into weak institutional environments protect their property, and why they use host government institutions to do so. In particular, I study how investment by highly innovative multinational firms into host countries with relatively weak rule of law can bring about improvements to institutions for intellectual property protection in these countries. I consider the conditions under which MNC bargaining power is strengthened against host states, and evaluate the institutional effects that MNC strategies achieve. I leverage instrumental variable analysis, survey experiments and interviews to understand this question at the level of countries and firms. Part of this research focuses on understanding how these dynamics play out in the context of China.

-- University-wide winner, 2020 GAPSA-Provost Fellowship Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation

-- The Teece Award for empirical interdisciplinary dissertation research, UPenn