FDI Contribution to Capital Flows and Investment in Capacity

HKIMR Working Paper No. 05/2003

22 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2007

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Assaf Razin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

The paper discusses a theory of FDI, which captures a unique feature: hands-on management standards to react in real time to a changing economic environment in the firms that FDI investors gain control. Equipped with superior managerial skills, foreign direct investors outbid portfolio investors for the top productivity firms in a particular industry in which they have specialized in the source country. Consequently, FDI investors would make investment, both larger, and higher quality, than the domestic investors. The theory can explain both two-way FDI flows among developed countries, and one-way FDI flows from developed to developing countries. Gains to the host country from FDI stem from the informational value of FDI. The predictions of the theory are consistent with the evidence: larger FDI coefficient in the domestic investment and output growth regressions relative to the equity flow coefficient, reflects a more significant role for FDI in the domestic investment process.

Suggested Citation

Razin, Assaf, FDI Contribution to Capital Flows and Investment in Capacity (March 2003). HKIMR Working Paper No. 05/2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1009362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1009362

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