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Foreign Direct Investment in the Caribbean

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  • Ivar Kolstad
  • Espen Villanger

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This article addresses the question of whether the Caribbean is particularly attractive or unattractive to foreign investors, and if it has specific characteristics that attract or deter FDI. An econometric analysis of data from 135 countries for 1980-2002 shows that the Caribbean does not suffer from low inflows of FDI; on the contrary, Caribbean countries receive more FDI than comparable countries in other regions. This reflects two contradictory effects. On the one hand, FDI inflows may be particularly sensitive to political instability in the region; on the other hand, the absence of regulation appears to have been a particularly beneficial factor in attracting FDI to the Caribbean. Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 79-89

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:1:p:79-89

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  7. Kazunobu HAYAKAWA & Fukunari KIMURA & Hyun-Hoon LEE, 2012. "How Does Country Risk Matter for Foreign Direct Investment?," Working Papers DP-2012-03, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
  8. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Government quality determinants of stock market performance in African countries," MPRA Paper 39631, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Stephen Pilgrim & Sunday Iyare, 2008. "Foreign direct investment (FDI) and the global food crisis. A study of the Windward Islands' agricultural sector," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 3(59), pages 1-15.

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