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Trends and Drivers of Bilateral FDI Flows in Developing Asia

  • Rabin Hattari

    (George Mason University)

  • Ramkishen S. Rajan

    (George Mason University, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research)

Developing countries are rapidly emerging as new and important sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) to other developing countries. While Asian companies have become significant foreign direct investors abroad, a large share of outward investments from Asia appears to have been recycled intraregionally. However, unlike trade flows, there has been little to no detailed examination of FDI flows between Asian economies at a bilateral level. This paper uses bilateral FDI flows data to investigate trends and patterns of intra-Asian FDI flows over the period 1990 to 2005. It also employs an augmented gravity model framework to examine the main determinants of intra-Asian FDI flows. A range of drivers of FDI flows, including transactional and informational distance (proxied by distance), real sector variables, financial variables and institutional quality are examined.

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Paper provided by Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research in its series Working Papers with number 112008.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:112008
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