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The Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties on FDI Dynamics

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  • Peter Egger
  • Valeria Merlo

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This paper investigates the impact of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on foreign direct investment (FDI) in transition countries. FDI stocks are characterised by sluggish adjustment and a dynamic pattern. This leads to biased estimates of the contemporaneous impact of BITs on FDI in static models. In our application, the contemporaneous (short-run) impact of BITs amounts to 4.8 per cent and the long-run effect to 8.9 per cent in the preferred model. Copyright 2007 The Authors Journal compilation Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2007 .

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  • Peter Egger & Valeria Merlo, 2007. "The Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties on FDI Dynamics," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(10), pages 1536-1549, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:30:y:2007:i:10:p:1536-1549
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    15. URATA Shujiro, 2015. "Impacts of FTAs and BITs on the Locational Choice of Foreign Direct Investment: The case of Japanese firms," Discussion papers 15066, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    16. Mina, Wasseem, 2012. "Beyond FDI: The Influence of Bilateral Investment Treaties on Debt," MPRA Paper 51920, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    17. Arjan Lejour & Maria Salfi, 2015. "The Regional Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment," CPB Discussion Paper 298, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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