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Do Investment Agreements Matter?

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  • Banga, Rashmi

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    (UNCTAD)

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The study estimates the impact of bilateral investment agreements (BITs) on FDI inflows into fifteen Asian developing countries for the period 1980-81 to 1999- 2000 and examines whether signing an investment agreement with a developed country or a developing country matters. It also examines the impact of regional investment agreements, namely between APEC and ASEAN countries on FDI inflows. Panel data estimations are undertaken and the results show that signing BITs attracts FDI inflows. However, it is BITs with developed countries that increase FDI inflows as compared to BITs with developing countries. Results indicate that investment agreement between APEC countries has increased FDI inflows but that amongst ASEAN countries has had no impact.

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Article provided by Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University in its journal Journal of Economic Integration.

Volume (Year): 21 (2006)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 40-63

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Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0345

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Keywords: Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment; Bilateral Investment Treaties; Regional Investment Agreements; Economic Fundamentals;

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  1. Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati & Arusha Cooray, 2012. "What Drives FDI Policy Liberalization? An Empirical Investigation," CAMA Working Papers 2012-27, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.

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