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Foreign direct investment and labour rights: a panel analysis of bilateral FDI flows

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  • Matthias Busse
  • Peter Nunnenkamp
  • Mariana Spatareanu

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The article analyses the impact of fundamental labour rights on bilateral Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to 82 developing countries. The results indicate that investments by multinationals are significantly higher in countries that adhere to labour rights, thereby refuting the hypothesis that repression of these rights fosters FDI.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 149-152

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:18:y:2011:i:2:p:149-152

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  2. Jan Hanousek & Evzen Kocenda & Mathilde Maurel, 2010. "Direct and Indirect Effects of FDI in Emerging European Markets: A Survey and Meta-analysis," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp976, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  3. Konstantin M. Wacker & Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati, 2011. "Do Multinationals Influence Labor Standards? A Close Look at US Outward FDI," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 98, Courant Research Centre PEG.

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