Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

William Lincoln


This paper looks at the impact on international trade that results from the presence of McDonald’s in a country. The most popular food chain in the world, McDonald’s has increased its presence heavily across the globe since its inception. Using the gravity equation, data from McDonald’s, and country level data this paper seeks to measure the impact McDonald’s has on trade between two countries. As well as this, the paper attempted to measure the impact that other indicators, level of economic development, OIC membership, predominantly women demographics, and WWII alliance, have in conjunction with McDonald’s presence. The data shows that the increased presence of McDonald’s in a country, exporting and importing, will result in a decrease in trade flows, measured by total exports. Reasoning for this could include that McDonald’s being a higher percentage of a country’s GDP actually indicates a lower income country than a higher income country.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.