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FDI Flows to Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, and China: Substitutes or Complements?

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  • Busakorn Chantasasawat
  • K. C. Fung
  • Hitomi Iizaka
  • Alan Siu

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Is China diverting foreign direct investment (FDI) from other developing countries? Theoretically, a growing China augments other countries' FDI by creating more production networking and raising demand for resources. However, low Chinese costs lure multinationals away from other production sites. Here we explore this issue empirically. We focus on East and Southeast Asia and Latin America for 1985-2002. We control for the standard determinants of inward FDI, then add China FDI to represent the "China Effect." We found that China's FDI is positively related to FDI in Asia, while the China Effect is insignificant for Latin America. Also the China Effect is generally not the most important determinant of other countries' FDI. Market sizes and policies such as corporate tax rates and openness tend to be more important. Copyright (C) 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Busakorn Chantasasawat & K. C. Fung & Hitomi Iizaka & Alan Siu, 2010. "FDI Flows to Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, and China: Substitutes or Complements?," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 14(s1), pages 533-546, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:14:y:2010:i:s1:p:533-546
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    1. Katiuscia Vaccarini, 2014. "Psychic distance and FDI: the case of China," Working Papers 1403, c.MET-05 - Centro Interuniversitario di Economia Applicata alle Politiche per L'industria, lo Sviluppo locale e l'Internazionalizzazione.
    2. Muhammad Ullah & Kazuo Inaba, 2014. "Liberalization and FDI Performance: Evidence from ASEAN and SAFTA Member Countries," Journal of Economic Structures, Springer;Pan-Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS), pages 1-24.
    3. Charles Sawyer W. & B. Wooster Rossitza & R. Blanco Luisa, 2015. "Does Experience Matter for Patterns of Expansion by US Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean?," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, pages 1-24.
    4. Xu, Xinpeng & Sheng, Yu, 2012. "Productivity Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment: Firm-Level Evidence from China," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 62-74.
    5. Christian Dreger & Julian Donaubauer, 2016. "The End of Cheap Labour: Are Foreign Investors Leaving China?," Working Papers id:11277, eSocialSciences.

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