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1 By Mrs Hilton for revisionstation Benefits that multinationals bring to overseas countries A2 Economics and Business Unit 3By Mrs Hilton for revisionstation
2 Lesson ObjectivesTo be able to discuss how multinationals have contributed to an improvement in local living standards, employment and economic growth in overseas countriesTo be able to answer past paper questions based on the topic
3 StarterFrom what you know – would you consider that MNEs are good for the poorer countries that they operate in?Hope fully lovely discussion about are they are force for good or should they be controlled? Students may not have many examples at this point so be prepared for scant arguments – but they should land on the basic points that these MNEs bring much needed employment to areas where there is none.
4 Suggested answers to starter Incoming multinationals bring FDI (Foreign Direct InvestmentMNEs Create jobsNew investment will increase output of goods & servicesAny extra output sold abroad, thus increasing exports, also imports could be reducedTaxes paid increases government funds enabling them to improve their servicesAn efficient multinational might make high-quality products available at lower prices than there were previously found, helping consumersIncreased competitionImproved trade flows
5 Multinational Defined A multinational company, sometimes called a transnational corporation, is a company that owns or controls production or service facilities in more than one country. You may see it written as:MNC – multinational corporation or companyMNE – multinational enterpriseThese are both the sameGreat website with videos and activities
6 In support of MNEsMultinationals are a beacon of global capitalism, bringing employment, income and new technologies to poorer countries, driving up incomes and aiding development.In return wealthier countries (Like UK) get cheaper goods.Can you argue against?
7 BIG MNEs Most of the largest MNEs are US, Japan, or European India and China growing rapidlyExample TataTata:
8 Why have they grown? - To access new markets Domestic market saturated, profits from expansion overseas is temptingExtension strategy for the product life cyclePMI (Phillip Morris International) and BAT have aggressive expansion in developing markets
9 Why have they grown? - To reduce costs Economies of scaleLower unit costsEnhanced competitive advantageEspecially if products can be standardised across marketsAvailable, cheap adaptable labour see Global services location Index (Most attractive offshore destinations)
11 Positive effects of MNEs in other countries Creates employmentImproves infrastructureIncreases skills baseIncreased standard of livingImproves balance of paymentsRaises country’s profileVideo
12 Positive impact Increases skills base Increased standard of living Creates employmentThere are jobs available for local people, thus reducing numbers of unemployed and the resultant drain on local resourcesIncreases skills baseMany MNCs operate training schemes for local people to learn how to use machinery. Such skills also attract other firms to the countryIncreased standard of livingAn increase in earnings increases taxes paid within the country and gives more money to spend on services
13 Positive impact Raises country’s profile Improves balance of payments MNCs plan their moves carefully. This is known worldwide and the movement into a particular country is a statement about its pro-business environment and political stability.Improves balance of paymentsMany goods made by MNCs are exported to other nearby countries. This increases amount of money earned by the country.Improves infrastructureMNCs often improve communication links within a country, e.g. road, rail and port facilities are updated and expanded. This benefits the country.
14 FDIFDI stands for Foreign Direct Investment. Foreign direct investment is investment of foreign money into domestic structures, equipment, and investment in businesses and organisations based in the host countryFDI creates direct, stable and long-lasting links between economies. It encourages the transfer of technology and know-how between countries, and allows the host economy to promote its products more widely in international markets.FDI is also an additional source of funding for investment and, under the right policy environment, it can be important for the development of the economy of the country.Adapted from:http://economics.about.com/cs/economicsglossary/g/fdi.htmAlso from:
15 Sample question 1Evaluate the likely impact of multinationals on the economic growth of countries such as Chile. 
16 Answer question 1e.g Chile is a developing economy, greater development of Chile’s Infrastructuree.g. job creation given Foreign direct investment (FDI) e.g. Technology and skills transfer may lead to improved domestic businesses and economic growth. Alternatively downside may be developed to show damaging effect on economic growth e.g. Competition and possible loss of production for domestic rivals, race to the bottome.g. employment created may be only temporary or of menial variety, profits repatriated, limited technology and skills transfer e.g. evaluation becomes more sophisticated perhaps with short term contrasted with long term etc. Multinationals may be contrasted with one another with different outcomes for growth. Tradeoffs may be considered such as environmental damage vs. long term supplies of cheap power to aid economic growth.
18 How marks are awarded for Q2  LevelMark awarded11-2Knowledge23Application4-7Analysis48-15Evaluation
19 Answer question 2e.g. defines multinationals or identifies aspects of economic development such as living standards e.g. any specific examples illustrating the points made such as BP and the Gulf of Mexico, or Microsoft and Egypt e.g. FDI, job creation, technology transfer, multiplier effects, raising productivity and wages OR negative aspects such as environmental damage etc. At this level candidates may just contrast the positive and negative effects of multinational activity, e.g. wages higher than local employers yet cause further inequality of incomes. e.g. weighs relative significance of points raised such as employment and incomes are often more important to the unemployed than some externalities
21 Answer question 3Knowledge 2, Application 2, Analysis 2 Knowledge: up to 2 marks (one for each reason) for identifying possible reasons. e.g. government incentives, infrastructure, skills/education of workforce, part of EU Application: up to 2 marks (one for each reason) for contextual answers such as linking the above specifically to London or Britain, e.g. familiarity with the English language, access to EU markets, time zone and access to skilled labour. Analysis: up to 2 marks (one for each reason) are for developing the reasons e.g. government incentives such as grants or tax concessions may be greater in the UK which reduce costs and can increase profitability.
23 Answer question 4Knowledge 2, Application 2, Analysis 2 Knowledge: up to 2 marks are available for stating two reasons why a government might want to attract FDI, e.g. increased employment/reduce unemployment, increased investment from other MNCs, GDP growth etc. Application: up to 2 marks are available for relating the above to the context e.g. Croatia is getting ready for EU accession, evidence shows current negative growth and unemployment of 9.5% Analysis: up to 2 marks are available for consideration of why this might lead to growth e.g. jobs are created, extra incomes are earned which leads to multiplier effect and economic growth. If only one reason cap at 3 marks
24 Revision VideoIgnore the term agglomeration spillovers!