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Bilateral FDI Flows: Threshold Barriers and Productivity Shocks

Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka, Hui Tong

NBER Working Paper No. 11639
Issued in September 2005
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A positive productivity shock in the host country tends typically to increase the volume of the desired FDI flows to the host country, through the standard marginal profitability effect. But, at the same time, such a shock may lower the likelihood of making any new FDI flows by the source country, through a total profitability effect, derived from the a general-equilibrium increase in domestic input prices. This is the gist of the theory that we develop in the paper. For a sample of 62 OECD and Non-OECD countries over the period 1987-2000, we provide supporting evidence for the existence of such conflicting effects of productivity change on bilateral FDI flows. We also uncover sizeable threshold barriers in our data set and link the analysis to the Lucas Paradox.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11639

Published: Razin, Assaf, Efraim Sadka and Hui Tong. "Bilateral FDI Flows: Threshold Barriers and Productivity Shocks." CESifo Economic Studies 54, 3 (2008):451-470. citation courtesy of

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