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Bilateral FDI Stocks by sector

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  • Nico van Leeuwen


  • Arjan Lejour


Although FDI is becoming more and more important in the world economy, it is not widely examined. Theories and empirics on trade are much further developed than on FDI. Researchers have developed large-scale models to analyse trade policies. These models are based on microeconomic theory, equilibrium mechanisms, and the forward and backward linkages between various inputs and output markets. In analysing trade liberalisation policies, the role of foreign direct investment becomes increasingly more important. Lejour and Rojas-Romagosa survey the attempts modelling FDI in CGE models and Lejour et al. (2006) describe the modelling of FDI in CPB’s AGE model WorldScan. For modelling FDI we need a consistent set of data for bilateral FDI stocks by sector of economic activity. This paper describes the procedure to obtain this consistent data set for 23 countries / regions and 10 sectors in 2001. Our point of departure are the reported inwards FDI stocks by partner country of the OECD. Then a data set of total outward- en inward stocks by country are constructed by using observations or estimations. Assumptions are made to determine to the total outward en inward stock per sector and country to and from the world, where after the rest of world by sector is determined as a residual. Given these targets an estimation procedure has been developed to calculate the bilateral stocks per sector between the countries / regions.

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Paper provided by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in its series CPB Memorandum with number 164.

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Date of creation: Sep 2006
Handle: RePEc:cpb:memodm:164
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  1. James R. Markusen, 2004. "Multinational Firms and the Theory of International Trade," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262633078, July.
  2. Arjan Lejour & Paul Veenendaal & Gerard Verweij & Nico van Leeuwen, 2006. "Worldscan; a model for international economic policy analysis," CPB Document 111, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  3. Nico van Leeuwen & Arjan Lejour, 2006. "Bilateral Services Trade Data and the GTAP database," CPB Memorandum 160, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  4. Bruce Blonigen, 2005. "A Review of the Empirical Literature on FDI Determinants," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 33(4), pages 383-403, December.
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