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Foreign Direct Investment and Labor Rights: A Panel Analysis of Bilateral FDI Flows

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  • Matthias Busse
  • Peter Nunnenkamp
  • Mariana Spatareanu

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The paper analyses the impact of fundamental labor rights on bilateral FDI flows to 82 developing countries. The results indicate that investments by multinationals are significantly higher in countries that adhere to labor rights, thereby refuting the hypothesis that repression of these rights fosters FDI.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Rutgers University, Newark in its series Working Papers Rutgers University, Newark with number 2010-002.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:run:wpaper:2010-002

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Keywords: FDI; Labor Rights; Developing Countries;

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  1. Hanousek, Jan & Kocenda, Evzen & Maurel, Mathilde, 2011. "Direct and indirect effects of FDI in emerging European markets: A survey and meta-analysis," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 301-322, September.
  2. 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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