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FDI in Space: Spatial Autoregressive Relationships in Foreign Direct Investment

Bruce A. Blonigen, Ronald B. Davies, Glen R. Waddell, Helen T. Naughton

NBER Working Paper No. 10939
Issued in December 2004
NBER Program(s):   ITI

Theoretical models of foreign direct investment (FDI) have only recently begun to model the role of third countries, and the empirical FDI literature has almost exclusively examined bilateral FDI data without recognizing the potential interdependence between FDI decisions to alternative host countries. This paper uses spatial econometric techniques to examine the spatial correlation between FDI to alternative (neighboring) regions. The sign of such correlations can provide evidence for or against alternative theories for FDI motivations. Using data on OECD countries from 1980-2000, we find evidence consistent with export platform FDI in Europe.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10939

Published: Blonigen, Bruce A. & Davies, Ronald B. & Waddell, Glen R. & Naughton, Helen T., 2007. "FDI in space: Spatial autoregressive relationships in foreign direct investment," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 51(5), pages 1303-1325, July.

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