Analysis and Models of Bilateral Investment Treaties Using a Social Networks Approach

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, Vol. 389, No. 17, pp. 3661-3673, January 2010

Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 11-26

26 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2011

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Daniela Saban

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Nicolas E. Stier-Moses

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Flavia Bonomo

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Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

Bilateral investment treaties (BITs) are agreements between two countries for the reciprocal encouragement, promotion and protection of investments in each other's territories by companies based in either country. Germany and Pakistan signed the first BIT in 1959 and since then, BITs are one of the most popular and widespread form of international agreement. In this work we study the proliferation of BITs using a social networks approach. We propose a network growth model that dynamically replicates the empirical topological characteristics of the BIT network.

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Saban, Daniela and Stier-Moses, Nicolas E. and Bonomo, Flavia, Analysis and Models of Bilateral Investment Treaties Using a Social Networks Approach (January 1, 2010). Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, Vol. 389, No. 17, pp. 3661-3673, January 2010 , Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 11-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1946431

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