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More stringent BITs, less ambiguous effects on FDI? Not a bit!

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  • Berger, Axel
  • Busse, Matthias
  • Nunnenkamp, Peter
  • Roy, Martin

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We show that the effectiveness of bilateral investment treaties in promoting FDI inflows remains elusive even when accounting for the strength of investor-state dispute settlement provisions contained in various, though far from all, BITs.

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  • Berger, Axel & Busse, Matthias & Nunnenkamp, Peter & Roy, Martin, 2011. "More stringent BITs, less ambiguous effects on FDI? Not a bit!," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(3), pages 270-272, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:3:p:270-272
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    1. Eric Neumayer & Peter Nunnenkamp & Martin Roy, 2016. "Are stricter investment rules contagious? Host country competition for foreign direct investment through international agreements," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 152(1), pages 177-213, February.
    2. Kohler, Wilhelm Kaspar & Stähler, Frank, 2016. "The Economics of Investor Protection: ISDS versus National Treatment," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145652, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    3. Schjelderup, Guttorm & Stähler, Frank, 2017. "Investor State Dispute Settlement and Multinational Firm Behavior," Discussion Papers 2017/4, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
    4. Eckhard Janeba, 2016. "Regulatory Chill and the Effect of Investor State Dispute Settlements," CESifo Working Paper Series 6188, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Bickenbach, Frank & Liu, Wan-Hsin & Li, Guoxue, 2015. "The EU-China bilateral investment agreement in negotiation: Motivation, conflicts and perspectives," Kiel Policy Brief 95, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    6. 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.
    7. Angus Armstrong, 2017. "Foreign Investment and Shared Sovereignty," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 475, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
    8. Axel Berger & Matthias Busse & Peter Nunnenkamp & Martin Roy, 2013. "Do trade and investment agreements lead to more FDI? Accounting for key provisions inside the black box," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 247-275, June.
    9. Tekin, Rıfat Barış, 2012. "Economic growth, exports and foreign direct investment in Least Developed Countries: A panel Granger causality analysis," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 868-878.
    10. Aisbett, Emma & Busse, Matthias & Nunnenkamp, Peter, 2016. "Bilateral investment treaties do work: Until they don't," Kiel Working Papers 2021, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    11. Donaubauer, Julian & Neumayer, Eric & Nunnenkamp, Peter, 2017. "Winning or losing in investor-to-state dispute resolution: The role of arbitrator bias and experience," Kiel Working Papers 2074, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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    Keywords

    Dispute settlement BIT FDI flows;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law

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