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FDI Investment Incentive System and FDI Inflows: The Philippine Experience

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  • Aldaba, Rafaelita M.

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This paper examines the country’s investment incentive program for foreign investors and its success in attracting substantial FDI inflows. The analysis compares the FDI incentive system and FDI performance of the Philippines with other Asian countries. Since it is difficult to untangle the effect of tax incentives from other factors, the analysis also takes into account other factors such as level of competitiveness, costs of doing business and availability of infrastructure. Our experience tends to suggest that in the absence of fundamental factors such as economic conditions and political climate, tax incentives alone are not enough to generate a substantial effect on investment decisions of investors nor can they compensate for the deficiencies in the investment environment.

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  • Aldaba, Rafaelita M., 2006. "FDI Investment Incentive System and FDI Inflows: The Philippine Experience," Discussion Papers DP 2006-20, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2006-20
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    1. Mari-Len Reyes-Macasaquit, 2008. "Industrial Agglomeration in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers 22690, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    2. repec:taf:intecj:v:31:y:2017:i:2:p:159-178 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2008. "Industrial Agglomeration and Industrial Policies : The Philippine Experience," Development Economics Working Papers 22681, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    4. repec:taf:rjapxx:v:15:y:2010:i:2:p:166-191 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. International Monetary Fund, 2012. "Philippines; Technical Assistance Report on Road Map for a Pro-Growth and Equitable Tax System," IMF Staff Country Reports 12/60, International Monetary Fund.
    6. Aldaba, Rafaelita M., 2014. "Investment Liberalization and Facilitation Toward AEC 2015," Philippine Journal of Development PJD 2012 Vol. 39 Nos. 1-2, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    7. Macasaquit, Mari-Len R., 2008. "Industrial Agglomeration in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2008-14, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    8. Dennis Botman & Alexander Klemm & Reza Baqir, 2010. "Investment incentives and effective tax rates in the Philippines: a comparison with neighboring countries," Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 166-191.

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    Keywords

    investment incentives; corporate taxation; Foreign direct investment (FDI);

    JEL classification:

    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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