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Beyond FDI: The Influence of Bilateral Investment Treaties on Debt

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  • Wasseem Mina

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This paper examines theoretically and empirically the role of political risk guarantees, which bilateral investment treaties serve, in debt accumulation in low and middle income countries. The paper empirically finds that signed bilateral investment treaties with OECD countries have a positive influence on total and guaranteed debt accumulation, under system GMM and OLS estimation methodologies. Results suggest that the role of bilateral investment treaties extends beyond attracting FDI to international lending.

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  • Wasseem Mina, 2013. "Beyond FDI: The Influence of Bilateral Investment Treaties on Debt," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1325, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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    Keywords

    Debt; debt guarantees; political risk; default risk; bilateral investment treaties;

    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law

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