Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms: Evidence from Eastern Europe and Latin America

51 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Nauro F. Campos

University College London; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - The William Davidson Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yuko Kinoshita

International Monetary Fund (IMF); University of Michigan, William Davidson Institute; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the role of structural reforms - privatization, financial reform and trade liberalization - 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: privatization, financial reform, trade liberalization, foreign direct investment, Latin America, transition economies

JEL Classification: H11, F21, O16

Suggested Citation

Campos, Nauro F. and Kinoshita, Yuko, Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms: Evidence from Eastern Europe and Latin America. IZA Working Paper No. 3332, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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