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Political Regime and Vertical vs. Horizontal FDI

Selen Sarisoy Guerin

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Stefano Manzocchi

Luiss University - Department of Economics

July 2007

Luiss Lab of European Economics Working Paper No. 49

We introduce the effect of the political regime in a model of North-South bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI), and test whether it matters for the nature of FDI inflows to emerging markets. Alternative political regimes in the host country may affect the incentive for foreign investors to implement horizontal rather than vertical FDI, if the political expropriation risk is different for the two kinds of investment. We test the model in a panel of 14 source countries and 24 host countries over 1992-2004, and find that autocracies are likely to receive relatively more FDI of the vertical type, while democracies are more likely to be associated with horizontal FDI inflows.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Democracy, Political regime, FDI, Expropriation

JEL Classification: F15, F23, H11, P51

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Date posted: July 24, 2007  

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Guerin, Selen Sarisoy and Manzocchi, Stefano, Political Regime and Vertical vs. Horizontal FDI (July 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1002593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1002593

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Selen Sarisoy Guerin (Contact Author)
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )
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Brussels, 1000
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Stefano Manzocchi
Luiss University - Department of Economics ( email )
Viale Pola, 12
Rome, 00198
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