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Fdi Effects Of Asean Integration

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  • Michael G. PLUMMER

    (School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, SAIS-Bologna, Italy)

  • David CHEONG

    (School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, SAIS-Bologna, Italy)

Abstract

For the past two decades, ASEAN Member States have pursued intra-regional market liberalization in order to provide more flexibility to multinationals and therefore promote the region as a competitive production platform. Attracting FDI has been a key objective of this regional project. This paper describes and analyzes recent trends in FDI to and among ASEAN countries, mainly comparing FDI patterns before and after the Asian Crisis, to characterize and assess the region?s strategies to liberalize and facilitate investment. We find that FDI flows to ASEAN countries suffered after the Asian Crisis but have picked up since 2005. Moreover, ASEAN FDI is dominated by Singapore. In addition, the sectoral distribution of FDI has changed in some members of ASEAN (i.e., Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand) but not in others. We also perform an econometric analysis of the determinants of FDI to check for ASEAN-specific changes in FDI in the post-Crisis period. Our results, after controlling for a host of factors, indicate that ASEAN countries suffered a fall in total FDI but experienced an increase in intra-regional FDI after 1998. Moreover, we do not find any significant impact of FDI in China on ASEAN FDI.

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  • Michael G. PLUMMER & David CHEONG, 2009. "Fdi Effects Of Asean Integration," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 29, pages 49-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:tou:journl:v:29:y:2009:p:49-67
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    Keywords

    ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH EAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN); FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI); ECONOMIC INTEGRATION; ASEAN INVESTMENT AREA; KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL MODEL;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission

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