Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms: Evidence from Eastern Europe and Latin America
40 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2008
Date Written: Janurary 2008
This paper investigates the role of structural reforms - financial reforms, trade liberalization, and privatization - as determinants of FDI inflows based on newly constructed dataset on structural reforms for 19 Latin American and 25 Eastern European countries between 1989 and 2004. Our main finding is a strong empirical relationship from reforms to FDI, in particular, from financial liberalization and privatization. These results are robust to different measures of reforms, split samples, and potential endogeneity and omitted variables biases.
Keywords: Foreign direct investment, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Trade liberalization, Privatization
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