Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico Since the Approval of NAFTA
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Date Written: 2005
Cross-country panel data are used to assess the effect of free-trade agreements on flows of foreign direct investment (fdi). Free-trade agreements are found to have a significant positive effect on fdi flows, and free-trade agreements are found to matter more for the smaller members of the agreement. For example, the North American Free-Trade Agreement`s (nafta) effect on fdi flows into Mexico is much larger than its effect on flows into the United States. These cross-country results are used to assess nafta`s effect on fdi flows into Mexico. After controlling for a set of other factors-such as an increase in worldwide fdi flows-the trade agreement is found to generate fdi flows nearly 60 percent higher than they would have been without the agreement.
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