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Is FDI Taking the Orient Express?

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  • Carlos Vieira

    () (Department of Economics, University of Évora)

  • Aurora Galego

    () (Department of Economics, University of Évora)

  • Isabel Vieira

    () (Department of Economics, University of Évora)

Abstract

Is foreign direct investment crossing Europe towards the East? During the last few years, news of foreign direct disinvestments have regularly emerged on the Portuguese media. The group of suspects have been identified as the new European Union members, where low wages, low corporate taxes and a highly educated labour force seems to attract multinationals eager to cut costs in an economy slowly recovering from recession. The clues of investment displacements abound, but no definite proof has yet been found in the empirical literature. This paper considers the available evidence, contributing to avoid possibly unfair incriminations.

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  • Carlos Vieira & Aurora Galego & Isabel Vieira, 2005. "Is FDI Taking the Orient Express?," Economics Working Papers 16_2005, University of Évora, Department of Economics (Portugal).
  • Handle: RePEc:evo:wpecon:16_2005
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    1. Buch, Claudia M. & Kokta, Robert M. & Piazolo, Daniel, 2003. "Foreign direct investment in Europe: Is there redirection from the South to the East?," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 94-109, March.
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    Keywords

    Foreign direct investment; EU Enlargement; Gravity model; FDI determinants; FDI diversion;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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