A popular notion is that when U.S. companies expand abroad, they reduce domestic activity. In other words, when U.S. companies outsource, the U.S. loses jobs. A study just published in the AEA: Economic Policy Journal by Desai, Foley, and Hines Jr. shows the opposite is true. This has significant policy and popular perception implications. From the abstract:
10 percent greater foreign investment is associated with 2.6 percent greater domestic investment, and 10 percent greater foreign employee compensation is associated with 3.7 percent greater domestic employee compensation. These results do not support the popular notion that expansions abroad reduce a firm’s domestic activity, instead suggesting the opposite.