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The clustering of FDI in India: the importance of peer effects


  • Peter Nunnenkamp
  • Megha Mukim


We assess the location choices of 6020 foreign investors at the level of Indian districts. Employing conditional logit models, we find that clustering of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is driven strongly by herding among investors from both, the same and other countries of origin. However, the behaviour of Nonresident Indians (NRIs) and German investors is strikingly different.

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  • Peter Nunnenkamp & Megha Mukim, 2012. "The clustering of FDI in India: the importance of peer effects," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(8), pages 749-753, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:8:p:749-753 DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.602007

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    1. Frank Bickenbach & Wan-Hsin Liu & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2015. "Regional concentration of FDI in post-reform India: A district-level analysis," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(5), pages 660-695, August.

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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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