Measuring Globalisation: OECD Economic Globalisation Indicators 2010

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This second edition of the OECD Economic Globalisation Indicators presents a broad range of indicators showing the magnitude and intensity of globalisation. This process is becoming increasingly important for policymakers and other analysts, hence the need for a volume that brings together the existing measures, based on national data sources and comparable across countries. Together, the indicators shed new light on financial, technological and trade interdependencies within OECD and non-OECD countries.

Measures of globalisation include indicators on capital movements and foreign direct investments, international trade, the economic activity of multinational firms and the internationalisation of technology. In addition, the 2010 edition also includes indicators linked to the current financial crisis, portfolio investments, environmental aspects and the emergence of global value chains.



Cross-border mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) refer to the change of ownership in existing enterprises to achieve strategic and financial objectives. Enterprises engage in cross-border M&As for several reasons: to strengthen their market position by expanding their businesses to other opportunities on the global market; to obtain a critical size in the world market; to exploit other firms’ complementary assets such as innovations, technology, etc.; to access other advantages such as company reputation, economies of scale, brands or design; to diversify products and markets, etc.


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