Can Developing Countries Benefit from a Multilateral Agreement on Foreign Direct Investment?

13 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2009

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Stanislav Bucifal

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: April 30, 2009

Abstract

This essay aims to determine whether developing countries can benefit from a multilateral agreement on foreign direct investment (FDI). For the purpose of this essay, the problem is broken into two separate questions. The first question is whether a multilateral agreement can help increase the flow of FDI into developing countries. The second question asks whether a multilateral agreement can help translate FDI inflows into economic development. The paper is organised in two sections - each devoted to addressing one of the two questions and each presenting a number of discussion points. The last part of this paper includes a brief summary of the main conclusions.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment, Multilateral Agreement, Economic Development, World Bank, United Nations

JEL Classification: F02, F21, O19, R58

Suggested Citation

Bucifal, Stanislav, Can Developing Countries Benefit from a Multilateral Agreement on Foreign Direct Investment? (April 30, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1486616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1486616

Stanislav Bucifal (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
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