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Estimating the Impact of Time-Invariant Variables on FDI with Fixed Effects

  • Davies, Ronald B.

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Ionascu, Delia

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Kristjánsdóttir, Helga

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School)

This paper applies the panel fixed effects with vector decomposition estimator to three FDI datasets to estimate the impact of time-invariant variables on FDI while including fixed effects. We find that the omission of fixed effects significantly biases several of these variables, especially those proxying for trade costs and culture. After including fixed effects, we find that many time-invariant variables indicate the importance of vertical FDI. We also find that by eliminating these biases, the differences across datasets largely disappear. Thus, controversies in the literature that are driven by differences in data sets may be resolved by using this estimation technique. JEL Classification: F14, F23 Key Words: Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Costs, Culture

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Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 02-2007.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsnow:2007_002
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