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Competing for Global FDI: Opportunities and Challenges for the Indian Economy


  • Sadhana Srivastava

    (Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore,

  • Rahul Sen

    (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore,


With the advent of globalization, developing countries, particularly those in Asia, have been witnessing a massive surge of FDI inflows during the past two decades. Even though India has been a latecomer to the FDI scene compared to other East Asian countries, its significant market potential and a liberalized policy regime has sustained its attraction as a favourable destination for foreign investors. This article aims to examine the impact of inward FDI on the Indian economy, particularly after a decade of economic reforms, and analyzes the challenges to position itself favourably in the global competition for FDI. In this context, the article further investigates the likely impact on FDI inflows to India as a result of increasing competition from another major emerging market economy, i.e., China, in the wake of its accession to the WTO. The article provides the major policy implications from this analysis, besides drawing attention on the complexities in interpreting FDI data in India.

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  • Sadhana Srivastava & Rahul Sen, 2004. "Competing for Global FDI: Opportunities and Challenges for the Indian Economy," South Asia Economic Journal, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, vol. 5(2), pages 233-260, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:soueco:v:5:y:2004:i:2:p:233-260

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    1. Ramkishen S. Rajan & Sadhana Srivastava, 2010. "Implications Of The Economic Rise Of The PRC For Asean and India: Trade and Foreign Direct Investment," Working Papers id:2680, eSocialSciences.
    2. James Laurenceson & Abby Kamalankanthan, "undated". "How important is foreign capital to income growth in China and India?," EAERG Discussion Paper Series 0405, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.

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