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Understanding Foreign Direct Investment in East Asia

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  • Willem Thorbecke

    (Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI))

  • Nimesh Salike

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We recount East Asia’s experience with foreign direct investment (FDI). We document that, contrary to the Rybczynski theorem, capital flows in the region cause the host country’s labor-intensive industry to expand and its capital-intensive industry to decline. We also present narrative evidence that sheds light on how FDI is affected by the host’s country’s locational advantages, whether Asian FDI is footloose, and how the PRC has become the center of Factory Asia. Finally, we show that the evolution of production networks in the region can be explained partly by changes in the service cost of linking geographically separated production blocks relative to the cost saving arising from slicing up the value chain.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Microeconomics Working Papers with number 23246.

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Handle: RePEc:eab:microe:23246

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Keywords: foreign direct investment; FDI; East Asia; Asian FDI; global production networks;

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  1. Gabor Hunya, 2012. "The Role of Multinational Companies in International Business Integration," wiiw Research Reports 384, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  2. Cheewatrakoolpong, Kornkarun & Sabhasri, Chayodom & Bunditwattanawong, Nath, 2013. "Impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on ASEAN Production Networks," ADBI Working Papers 409, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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