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Estimating the Impact of Time-Invariant Variables on FDI with Fixed Effects

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  • Ronald B. Davies

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    (University of Oregon Economics Department)

  • Delia Ionascu

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

  • Helga Kristjánsdóttir

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    (University of Iceland)

Abstract

This paper applies the panel fixed effects with vector decomposition estimator to three FDI datasets to estimate the impact of time-invariant variables on FDI while including fixed effects. We find that the omission of fixed effects significantly biases several of these variables, especially those proxying for trade costs and culture. After including fixed effects, we find that many time-invariant variables indicate the importance of vertical FDI. We also find that by eliminating these biases, the differences across datasets largely disappear. Thus, controversies in the literature that are driven by differences in data sets may be resolved by using this estimation technique.

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Paper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2007-8.

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Length: 37
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2007
Date of revision: 01 May 2007
Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2007-8

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Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Trade Costs; Culture;

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