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Global Economy Journal
Critics have excoriated the US fast-food industry in general, and McDonald's most particularly, both per se and as a symbol of the United States. However, examining McDonald's internationalization and development abroad suggests that McDonald's and the others of its ilk are sources of development for mid-range countries. McDonald's brings training in management, encourages entrepreneurship directly through franchises and indirectly through demonstration effects, creates backward linkages that develop local suppliers, fosters exports by their suppliers, and has positive external effects on productivity and standards of service, cleanliness, and quality in the host economies.
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fast-food, McDonald's, productivity spillovers, foreign direct investment
Tschoegl, A. E. (2007). McDonald's -- Much Maligned, but an Engine of Economic Development. Global Economy Journal, 7 (4), http://dx.doi.org/10.2202/1524-5861.1327
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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