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More Stringent BITs, Less Ambiguous Effects on FDI? Not a Bit!

  • Axel Berger
  • Matthias Busse
  • Peter Nunnenkamp
  • Martin Roy

We focus on investor-state dispute settlement provisions contained in various, though far from all, bilateral investment treaties as a possible determinant of BIT-related effects on bilateral FDI flows. Our estimation results prove to be sensitive to the specification of these provisions as well as the inclusion of transition countries in the sample. Stricter dispute settlement provisions do not necessarily result in higher FDI inflows so that the effectiveness of BITs as a credible commitment device remains elusive

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1621.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1621
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  1. Aisbett, Emma, 2007. "Bilateral Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment: Correlation versus Causation," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt72m4m1r0, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  2. Richard Blundell & Steve Bond, 1995. "Initial conditions and moment restrictions in dynamic panel data models," IFS Working Papers W95/17, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  3. Matthias Busse & Jens Königer & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2008. "FDI Promotion through Bilateral Investment Treaties: More Than a Bit?," Kiel Working Papers 1403, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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