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The 'new regionalism' and foreign direct investment: the case of Mexico

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  • Andreas Waldkirch

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The recent increase in foreign capital flows into developing countries has coincided with a new wave of regional trade agreements involving both developed and developing countries. This paper investigates the effect of the NorthAmerican Free TradeAgreement (NAFTA), a prime example of this new regionalism, on foreign direct investment in Mexico. Using data from the Mexican Ministry for Trade and Industrial Development (SECOFI), the major finding is that NAFTA has raised investment from the partner countries, the United States and Canada, but not from the rest of theworld. The increasing use of outsourcing and a commitment effect conveyed by the agreement are candidate explanations for a change in investors' sensitivity to the determinants of foreign direct investment.

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  • Andreas Waldkirch, 2003. "The 'new regionalism' and foreign direct investment: the case of Mexico," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 151-184.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:12:y:2003:i:2:p:151-184
    DOI: 10.1080/0963819032000084313
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    1. Ayça Tekin-Koru & Andreas Waldkirch, 2010. "North-South Integration and the Location of Foreign Direct Investment," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(4), pages 696-713, September.
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