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FDI Investment Incentive System and FDI Inflows : The Philippine Experience

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  • Rafaelita M. Aldaba

    (PIDS)

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This paper examines the countrys investment incentive program for foreign investors and its success in attracting substantial FDI inflows. The analysis compares the FDI incentive system and FDI performance of the Philippines with other Asian countries. Since it is difficult to untangle the effect of tax incentives from other factors, the analysis also takes into account other factors such as level of competitiveness, costs of doing business and availability of infrastructure.Our experience tends to suggest that in the absence of fundamental factors such as economic conditions and political climate, tax incentives alone are not enough to generate a substantial effect on investment decisions of investors nor can they compensate for the eficiencies in the investment environment.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Finance Working Papers with number 22335.

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Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:eab:financ:22335

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Keywords: foreign direct investment; corporate taxation; investment incentives;

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  1. Magnus Blomstrom & Ari Kokko, 2003. "The Economics of Foreign Direct Investment Incentives," NBER Working Papers, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc 9489, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Gordon H. HANSON, 2001. "Should Countries Promote Foreign Direct Investment?," G-24 Discussion Papers, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 9, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
  3. Benjamin E. Diokno, 2005. "Reforming the Philippine Tax System: Lessons from Two Tax Reform Programs," UP School of Economics Discussion Papers, University of the Philippines School of Economics 200502, University of the Philippines School of Economics.
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Cited by:
  1. Alexander Klemm & Dennis P. J. Botman & Reza Baqir, 2008. "Investment Incentives and Effective Tax Rates in the Philippines," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 08/207, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Macasaquit, Mari-Len R., 2008. "Industrial Agglomeration in the Philippines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2008-14, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2008. "Industrial Agglomeration and Industrial Policies : The Philippine Experience," Development Economics Working Papers, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research 22681, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  4. Mari-Len Reyes-Macasaquit, 2008. "Industrial Agglomeration in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research 22690, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

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