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The role of public policy in closing foreign direct investment gaps: an empirical analysis

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  • C. Bellak

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  • M. Leibrecht

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  • R. Stehrer

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Using public policy instruments to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has become standard in most countries, irrespective of their level of development, geographical location or industrial structure. Against this background the paper analyses the suitability of various public policies to attract inward FDI stock based on a sample of 11 countries and 10 industries from the manufacturing sector over 10 years. For this aim we derive an empirical baseline model of the determinants of inward FDI stock. From this baseline model, FDI gaps - measured as the difference between the 'estimated actual' inward FDI stock and the 'potential' FDI stock which could be realized if a certain 'best practice policy' were carried out - are derived. The analysis focuses on business taxation, public research and development expenditures, the information and communication infrastructure endowment, labour costs as well as institutional and skill-related policies. The analysis inter alia reveals the share of each of these location factors in the total industry- and country-level FDI gap.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirica.

Volume (Year): 37 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 19-46

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Handle: RePEc:kap:empiri:v:37:y:2010:i:1:p:19-46

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Keywords: Economic policy; Foreign direct investment; European Union; Industry-level study; Location decision; F21; H25; H71;

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  1. Narula, Rajneesh & Bellak, Christian, 2008. "EU enlargement and consequences for FDI assisted industrial development," MERIT Working Papers 067, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  2. Václav Žďárek, 2009. "Modern methods of production and foreign direct investment," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(4), pages 509-543.
  3. Nikolaos Antonakakis & Gabriele Tondl, 2011. "Do determinants of FDI to developing countries differ among OECD investors? Insights from Bayesian Model Averaging," FIW Working Paper series 076, FIW.
  4. Groeneveld, Anouschka & Heijman, Wim, 2013. "Where The European Union Should Multiply Its Money: Stimulating Measures In The Economic Monetary Union," Economics of Agriculture, Institute of Agricultural Economics, vol. 60(4).

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