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Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico since the Approval of

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  • Alfredo Cuevas
  • Miguel Messmacher
  • Alejandro Werner
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    Cross-country panel data are used to assess the effect of free-trade agreements on flows of foreign direct investment ( fdi ). Free-trade agreements are found to have a significant positive effect on fdi flows, and free-trade agreements are found to matter more for the smaller members of the agreement. For example, the North American Free-Trade Agreement's ( nafta ) effect on fdi flows into Mexico is much larger than its effect on flows into the United States. These cross-country results are used to assess nafta 's effect on fdi flows into Mexico. After controlling for a set of other factors--such as an increase in worldwide fdi flows--the trade agreement is found to generate fdi flows nearly 60 percent higher than they would have been without the agreement. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by World Bank Group in its journal The World Bank Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 473-488

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:wbecrv:v:19:y:2005:i:3:p:473-488

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    Cited by:
    1. Beata Javorcik & Wolfgang Keller & James Tybout, 2008. "Openness and Industrial Response in a Wal-Mart World: A Case Study of Mexican Soaps, Detergents and Surfactant Producers," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 31(12), pages 1558-1580, December.
    2. Tekin-Koru, Ayca & Waldkirch, Andreas, 2007. "North American Integration and the Location of Foreign Direct Investment," MPRA Paper 5212, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Jacob A. Jordaan, 2012. "Agglomeration and the location choice of foreign direct investment: new evidence from manufacturing FDI in Mexico," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 27(1), pages 61-97.

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