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External Finance and Investment Climate in East Asia and Other Emerging Markets: What Really Matters?

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  • Shoko Negishi

    (Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Doshisha University, Karasuma-Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 Japan)

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    Developing countries are facing new competitive challenges to attract sufficient external financing to sustain their growth. This paper attempts to answer the question: How can a country attract more long-term, stable foreign investment? Our study shows the increasing role of a political risk factor as a driver of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, and suggests that reduced financial risk after the East Asian crisis might have led to a substitution of FDI with capital market flows. Our study also shows the importance of fostering sound regulatory systems and good institutions for attracting FDI, for example, establishing a stable government that implements economic policy effectively and reduces uncertainty associated with internal disorder and a lack of democratic regime. The simulation exercise suggests that an improved investment climate would increase FDI by 7 percent and would benefit China most. (c) 2007 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Asian Economic Papers.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 74-98

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:6:y:2007:i:1:p:74-98
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