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    The four fundamental misconceptions about FDI you should know about.

The four fundamental misconceptions about FDI you should know about.

     

By Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE), Arnaud Dyevre (LSE) and Roberto Ganau (LSE, University of Padova)

 

Politicians around the world have devoted significant efforts and resources to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). The assumption is that multinationals bring in new skills and ideas, create jobs and spur on local companies. But is all this effort really worth it? Is the impact […]

What policies work for FDI?

     

By Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE), Marco Di Cataldo (LSE) and Mara Giua (LSE, University Roma Tre)

 

National and sub-national governments around the world have deployed a wide array of public policy tools to attract Foreign Direct Investment – from tax breaks and light regulations to subsidised facilities and new transport infrastructure. The problem is that there is very limited evidence to […]

Cities, Multinationals, and Trade

    This post analyses the prospects for trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) diversification, with a particular focus on the UK and Canada in the age of Brexit. Daniel Shapiro, Saul Estrin, Christine Cote, Klaus Meyer, and Jing Li examine the nature of trade in services using ideas developed in the international business and economic geography literatures to explore the interrelationships among multinational enterprises, global value […]

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    Does it matter what countries do to maximise inward FDI-related technology transfer?

Does it matter what countries do to maximise inward FDI-related technology transfer?

By Przemyslaw Kowalski (CASE)

Creating an environment where technology-intensive FDI occurs has become a key policy objective in most countries, writes Przemyslaw Kowalski (CASE). By reviewing best policies to maximise technology-related gains from FDI, my colleagues and I have found a wide variety of policy approaches to encouraging FDI-related technology transfer and a wide range of effects in terms of […]

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    Many multinationals may pull out of the UK if it leaves the Customs Union

Many multinationals may pull out of the UK if it leaves the Customs Union

By Paola Conconi (ULB, LSE)

As March 2019 draws closer, the UK government remains divided over the type of trade relationship it wants to achieve in the ongoing negotiations with the EU. Paola Conconi (ULB, LSE) explains why Japanese multinationals may pull out of the UK in case of a hard Brexit, one which would mean there is no kind of customs […]

Strengthening rural value chains in Latin America

By Ramón Padilla-Pérez (UN-ECLAC)

Global actors can interact along local value chains through international trade and foreign direct investment flows, writes Ramón Padilla-Pérez. By leveraging the value chain approach for rural areas, recent policies have led to economic and social upgrading in Latin America.

Latin American countries in general have seen a revival of industrial policies in recent years, amid a […]

February 5th, 2018|Policy & Practice|0 Comments|

The geography of African investment

By Ronald Wall (IHS, Wits)

In recent years, foreign direct investment (FDI) has steadily increased towards the Global South. Africa can take advantage of this trend to promote Africa’s growth potential and drive more inclusive economic growth, writes Ronald Wall. African cities will play a key role in this process by better integrating Africa within global investment systems. This article […]

How to promote inward investment and exports

By Henry Overman (LSE)

With Brexit looming, the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth has been running a series of workshops with local areas to think about different policy responses and consider what the evidence says on effectiveness, writes Henry Overman. One thing that local areas wanted to know was what the evaluation evidence said on export support and […]

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    Global Value Chains Analysis: A Tool to Promote Economic Development

Global Value Chains Analysis: A Tool to Promote Economic Development

 By Gary Gereffi (left) and Karina Fernandez-Stark (right), Duke University GVC Centre

Global Value Chain (GVC) research can play an important role in addressing key development and competitiveness issues, write Gary Gereffi and Karina Fernandez-Stark. It allows one to understand where, how, and by whom economic, social and environmental value is created and distributed. Various stakeholders can use the results of a […]

October 30th, 2017|Policy & Practice|0 Comments|

Brexit means inward investment to the UK will fall

  By David Bailey (Aston, left), Nigel Driffield (Warwick, centre), and Michail Karoglou (Aston, right).

Supply chains cross borders many times before components go into a final product in any EU country, write David Bailey, Nigel Driffield, and Michail Karoglou. When the UK leaves the Single Market, it will be a less attractive destination for firms wanting to coordinate their resources. […]