The Role of South-South FDI in the Economies of Developing Asia

41 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2011

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Robert E. Lipsey

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) at New York (Deceased)

Fredrik Sjöholm

Lund University School of Economics and Management; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper attempts to measure the size of South-South foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing East Asia and the trends in it, and the characteristics of the investing countries and the investments themselves. It also summarizes the findings of studies in individual countries of the effects of these investments. The studies of individual countries will be used to try to find some consensus on differences between South-South FDI and North-South FDI. Among the comparisons of the two types of FDI we try to summarize our findings about their industrial composition; their effects on their host countries; and their host-country firms’ productivity, wages, and employment, and explore how these differ across industries. Our analysis shows that the increased presence of South FDI in East and Southeast Asia might have different effects on host economies from those of FDI from the North.

Keywords: FDI, East Asia, South-South, Economic Development, Economics Working Paper No. 273

JEL Classification: F21, F23, O19

Suggested Citation

Lipsey, Robert E. and Sjöholm, Fredrik, The Role of South-South FDI in the Economies of Developing Asia (September 1, 2011). Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 273. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1943285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1943285

Robert E. Lipsey

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) at New York (Deceased)

Fredrik Sjöholm (Contact Author)

Lund University School of Economics and Management ( email )

P.O Box 7080
Lund
Sweden

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

Box 55665
Grevgatan 34, 2nd floor
Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

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