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Corruption, Governance and FDI Location in China: A Province-Level Analysis

  • Matthew A Cole
  • Robert J R Elliott
  • Jing Zhang

China's rapid growth in recent years has been matched by large increases in exports and foreign direct investment (FDI). However, within China considerable regional disparities in FDI flows exist. In this paper we use detailed province level data for China to examine the determinants of intra-country FDI flows. Specifically, we investigate whether FDI is attracted to those regions that exhibit good governance and are most strongly engaged in the fight against corruption. We first construct proxies for provincial government efficiency and the extent of a region's anti-corruption effort. Our subsequent regression results confirm that FDI is attracted to provinces with relatively high levels of government efficiency and those that are actively involved in the fight against corruption.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Birmingham in its series Discussion Papers with number 09-14.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:bir:birmec:09-14
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