1 FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN EMERGING AND TRANSITION EUROPEAN COUNTRIES Steven Globerman Western Washington University Daniel Shapiro Simon Fraser University Yao Tang University of British Columbia Address Correspondence To: Steven Globerman Center for International Business Western Washington University Bellingham, WA Tel Fax December 2004
2 2 Abstract This study examines the determinants of both inward and outward FDI for twenty emerging and transition economies in Europe (ETEE) over the period We adopt a comparative perspective by explicitly comparing the determinants of FDI in ETEEs with alternative samples of both developed and other developing countries. Particular attention is paid to measures of governance and institutional change, including privatization, as determinants of both inward and outward FDI. We use a relatively broad measure of governance compared to other investigations of the direct investment process in emerging European countries. By and large, the determinants of foreign direct investment for our sample of ETEE countries are similar to those for other developing countries and, indeed, for developed countries as well. We find that governance is an important determinant of both capital outflows and capital inflows for all countries. However, we also identify ETEE-specific determinants. In particular, joining the EU, or even the prospect of joining the EU, promotes inward FDI (a halo effect), and this phenomenon particularly characterizes the former Communist countries. We interpret this result as suggesting the potential importance of a locking in effect with respect to governance. That is, political integration into developed Europe provides longer-term assurances to foreign investors that institutional changes undertaken by transition economies will not be reversed. Keywords: foreign direct investment, capital flows, governance, multinational corporations, free trade.
3 3 INTRODUCTION Most of the emerging and transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe have been building their economies largely on the infrastructure inherited from Communist times. It is widely recognized that much of the infrastructure in both the private and public sectors must be replaced if those economies are to achieve acceptable rates of economic growth and participate successfully within the broader European Union economic zone (The Economist, 2003). Upgrading infrastructure includes the likely importation of technology and management expertise, as well as substantial financial commitments. In this regard, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) represents a particularly important potential source of capital for emerging and transition European economies (ETEEs), as FDI usually entails the importation of financial and human capital by the host economy with measurable and positive spillover impacts on host countries productivity levels (Holland and Pain, 1998a). The ability of ETEEs to attract and benefit from inward FDI should therefore be seen as an important issue within the broader policy context of how those countries can improve and expand their capital infrastructure, given relatively undeveloped domestic capital markets and scarce human capital. The broad focus of this paper is on the direct investment process in ETEEs. 1 In particular, we are interested in the relationship between political and economic governance and flows of inward and outward direct investment for ETEEs. Previous research has suggested that good governance is particularly important for promoting 1 ETEEs in our sample are identified in Table One. The exclusion of other emerging European countries was dictated by considerations of data availability; however, our sample includes virtually all of the countries that would be considered emerging and transition economies in the European geographic space.
4 4 FDI in developing countries (Globerman and Shapiro, 2002). One might expect this to be true as well for ETEEs. Nevertheless, the importance of governance to the direct investment process might be conditioned by specific attributes of emerging economies in Europe. In particular, the legacy of Communism in many of those economies might strengthen the importance of public sector governance attributes as influences on the direct investment process, since informal private sector networks of trust and established reputations for honest dealing are arguably lacking compared to countries with longer legacies of private ownership and market transacting (Slangen, van Kooten and Suchanek, 2004). On the other hand, for those ETEEs that have joined the European Union (EU), the importance of governance attributes at the national level might be mitigated by formal and informal governance institutions that exist at the EU level including, for example, national treatment provisions for companies based in EU-member countries that apply to all EU members. Even countries that have not yet joined the EU might be expected to condition the treatment of private investment with a view towards being accepted into the EU. Thus, while de jure public sector governance might be seen as relatively poor, de facto governance might be relatively good. These latter considerations suggest that measured governance attributes per se might be less important influences on the direct investment process in ETEEs than in comparable developing countries located elsewhere. Therefore, a specific focus of the paper is whether and how the relationship between governance and inward and outward direct investment differs for ETEEs compared to other European countries, as well as to developing countries outside Europe.
5 5 Our paper makes a number of contributions to the relevant literature. First, it explores the determinants of both inward and outward FDI for ETEEs. Previous studies have focused exclusively on the determinants of inward FDI. Second, the sample of ETEEs is larger than in other studies that have focused on the direct investment process in transition European countries. We also include more recent years than most other available studies. Third, our study explicitly compares the determinants of FDI in ETEEs with alternative samples of developed and, perhaps more interesting, other developing countries. This comparison adds a potentially important perspective on whether and how the basic determinants of FDI differ between ETEEs and other developing countries. Fourth, we seek to identify whether there are differences in the FDI process within our sample of ETEEs. In seeking to identify the determinants of inward and outward FDI, as well as in comparing and contrasting results across different sub-samples of countries and regions, particular attention is paid to measures of governance and institutional change, including privatization. In this respect, our study is distinguished by yet another difference from earlier studies. Specifically, we use a relatively broad measure of governance compared to other investigations of the direct investment process in emerging European countries. This measure, available for a broad sample of countries world wide, permits us to evaluate explicitly cross-country differences in the impact of governance on capital flows. The paper proceeds as follows. Section 2 presents an overview of FDI in ETEEs against the background of FDI flows in Europe as a whole, as well as in other emerging economies. Section 3 discusses measures of governance for ETEEs and reviews studies of the determinants of FDI in those countries. A model of inward and outward direct
6 6 investment is specified in Section 4, and the estimation results are presented and discussed in Section 5. A summary and conclusions is provided in the final section with particular reference to policy implications for ETEEs. OVERVIEW OF FDI IN ETEEs Net capital flows in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union built up rapidly during the 1980s, reaching around USD $5 billion per annum in the second half of the decade. These flows largely took the form of commercial bank loans and trade finance, often through official lending. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the countries of Central Europe embarked on programmes of liberalization and privatization with a subsequent increase in private capital inflows (Lankes and Stern, 1998). 2 In particular, direct equity investment flows to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union more than doubled between 1989 and 1990 and then increased a further tenfold between 1990 and In 1997, direct investment equity flows to the region were approximately USD $12 billion compared to around USD $4 billion in As a share of total capital inflows, direct equity investment increased consistently from around 12 percent in 1990 to around 20 percent in 1997 (Lankes and Stern, 1998). Observers acknowledge that the growth in FDI in the transitional economies was impressive in the early post-restructuring period, although the level of inward FDI was arguably low compared to that in other developing economies, particularly in East Asia (Lansbury, Pain and Smidkova, 1996). On average, over the period , FDI inflows to the transitional countries accounted for about 2.5% of total world inflows 2 Liberalization and institutional change in the former Soviet Union republics, including Russia, did not commence until after the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.
7 7 compared to 30.5% for developing countries overall; however, FDI flows to the transitional economies increased in the post-1990 period, such that the share of FDI flows going to Central and Eastern European countries as a share of total inflows to developing countries increased from 0.9% in 1990 to 10.7% in 1995 before decreasing to 8.9 percent in 1999 (Altomonte and Guagliano, 2003). The distribution of inward FDI among transitional European countries has been highly concentrated within a relatively few countries. Specifically, over the period , over 70% of FDI was channeled to the Central European economies (Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland). Over the period , these three countries accounted for cumulated FDI inflows amounting to 79% of total FDI into Central and Eastern Europe. Most FDI into the Central European economies originated in Germany and France. For example, over the period , Germany accounted for around 40% of the total value of inward FDI, while France accounted for around 10.5%. Overall, EU countries accounted for around 70% of the total FDI recorded (Altomonte and Guagliano, 2003). In the former Soviet republics, the United States has been the single largest home country for inward FDI. More recent patterns of FDI into emerging European countries are summarized in Table 1 where we report total FDI (in millions of current USD), total GDP (in billions of current USD) and the ratio of inward FDI to GDP for our sample of ETEEs averaged over the period Over the full sample period, Poland is the single absolute largest recipient of inward FDI with the Czech Republic and Russia being the next absolute largest recipients. However, Poland and especially Russia are far from being the most FDI-intensive host economies when nominal FDI flows are deflated by nominal
8 8 GDP levels. Indeed, in our sample of ETEEs, only Turkey has a lower ratio of FDI/GDP than Russia, while Malta has the highest ratio notwithstanding the small absolute amount of FDI going to Malta. The Czech Republic is noteworthy inasmuch as it enjoys a relatively high ratio of FDI/GDP, as well as relatively large inflows of FDI over the sample period. Perhaps the main point to highlight in Table 1 is the continued dominance of Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary) as recipients of inward FDI, notwithstanding the liberalization and reform undertaken by other ETEEs including Russia. Thus, the three countries collectively account for somewhat over 55 percent of the total FDI reported in Table 1. The average ratio of FDI/GDP (expressed as a percentage) over the period is reported for our sample of ETEE countries, as well as for a number of other regions, in Table 2. The purpose is to provide a basis for evaluating the relative attractiveness of the ETEE countries to foreign direct investors. By and large, ETEE countries were relatively successful in attracting inward FDI given the sizes of their economies. Specifically, the FDI/GDP share was generally higher in the ETEEs than in all countries (Total) with the out-performance being particularly notable in the post period. Whereas the FDI/GDP measure was higher in the ASEAN countries than in the ETEE countries from , the reverse was true in the post-1997 period. Indeed, relative to the sizes of their domestic economies, the ETEE group attracted more FDI than did China over the period On the other hand, the FDI/GDP measure was higher in non-etee Europe, as well as in the entire OECD, than in the ETEE sample for all but the most recent year post-1997.
9 9 In summary, our sample of ETEE countries became progressively more attractive host locations for foreign direct investors relative to other developing regions of the world in the period. At the same time, there is a fair amount of heterogeneity among our sample of ETEE countries with respect to their attractiveness to foreign investors. In the remainder of this paper, we attempt to explain the differences in the foreign direct investment experiences of our sample focusing on both inward and outward foreign direct investment. DETERMINANTS OF DIRECT INVESTMENT IN ETEEs Empirical studies focusing on the direct investment process in emerging European countries are relatively limited in number. In part, this presumably reflects the fact that several of those countries, such as Croatia and Latvia, have only recently experienced a significant growth in inward direct investment. It might also reflect a view that the experiences of emerging European countries are unlikely to be different from those of other countries, including non-european emerging countries. Virtually all studies of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) into ETEEs highlight the importance of governance as a factor conditioning the FDI process. In broad terms, governance encompasses laws, regulations and public institutions that determine the extent of economic freedom in a country, the security of private property rights, the costs to the private sector of complying with government regulations and legislation, the competence and efficiency of the civil service in carrying out state activities that, in turn, affect the efficiency of private sector enterprises, the transparency of the legal system and the honesty of government officials (Slangen, van Kooten and Suchanek, 2004;
10 10 Globerman and Shapiro, 2002). The basic presumptions are that good governance is characterized by economic freedom, secure property rights, an honest and efficient public sector, a minimum of dead-weight regulations and restrictions on trade, and transparency in government, and that both FDI and domestic investment are directly encouraged by good governance regimes. Furthermore, good governance should promote successful economic performance, and the latter should indirectly encourage FDI by increasing the scope for profitable business activities. A number of studies document the broad importance of governance to the FDI process in ETEEs. For example, Holland and Pain (1998a,b and 2000) find that the level of inward investment in Eastern Europe is significantly and negatively related to a constructed indicator of country risk based on the principal component of four separate series: GDP growth, inflation, the ratio of foreign exchange reserves to import values and the average country score across all the transition indicators published annually by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD assigns transition economies in Europe a ranking based on nine separate categories according to how far they have progressed towards the standards of industrialized countries. The categories cover the legal framework, corporate governance, trade and competition policies, as well as the extent of privatizations. Barrell, Holland and Pain (2000) estimate an equation for inward FDI in the Visegrad economies where country risk is similarly defined from the first principal component of inflation growth and the transition ranking by the EBRD. FDI inflows are negatively and significantly related to the country risk estimate.
11 11 Other studies employ more specific measures of governance. Hellman, Jones and Kaufman (2002) find that corruption reduces FDI inflows for a sample of transition economies. Carstensen and Toubal (2003) use a macroeconomic risk ranking found in Euromoney to estimate a panel data model of the determinants of FDI into Central and Eastern European countries. The less risky the country by the Euromoney ranking, the more attractive is the country for FDI. In summary, a number of studies identify the importance of governance as a determinant of inward FDI flows in transition economies in Europe. Similar governance measures are used in the various studies, most typically the risk rankings prepared by the EBRD or Euromoney. 3 In this respect, the studies explore the influences on FDI of what might be broadly identified as potential risks surrounding the legal security of property rights and potential risks surrounding the security of the macroeconomic environment; however, available econometric studies ordinarily focus on one or the other. In this regard, Lankes and Venables (1996) survey of senior managers of western manufacturing companies that were either planning, or had already undertaken, FDI projects in transition economies is noteworthy. Among other things, they find that regulatory and legal risks, as well as risk from macroeconomic instability tend to be important considerations for managers in choosing whether to invest in transition economies. 4 The inference one might draw is that any measure of governance used in statistical models of the direct investment process in ETEEs should be fairly broad in order to encompass the relevant set of risks considered by foreign managers. 3 Claessens, Oks and Polastri (1998) focus on capital inflows to transition economies over the period using a reform index constructed by the World Bank based on criteria similar to those used by the EBRD. 4 Lankes and Stern (1998) also make this point.
12 12 A variable related to governance that has also been identified as an important determinant of FDI is privatization. For example, Holland and Pain (1998b) identify the privatization process as one of the key determinants of the level of direct investment in the early years of transition. Specifically, for eleven European economies for the period , they find that indicators of privatization are positively related to levels of inward FDI. Carstensen and Toubal (2003) also find that the level of privatization plays an important role in determining the flows of FDI into a sample of Central and Eastern European countries over the period of the 1990s. The impacts of governance and privatization are not necessarily uniform across transition economies. In this regard, Qian (1999) argues that some transitional institutions may be more effective than others at any given time, as removing any one particular distortion may be counter-productive in the presence of other distortions. Russia offers an illustration of this second-best principle. Specifically, the policies of mass privatization and capital account convertibility in Russia created incentives for assetstripping and capital flight because they were implemented at a time when reforms to the judiciary and the enforcement of property rights had barely begun (Barrell, Holland and Pain, 2000). Thus, a faster pace of privatization might not encourage a net increase in inward FDI to the extent that other aspects of governance are unfavorable. The nature of privatization also conditions the FDI experiences of individual countries. In particular, the more open privatization sales are to foreign investors, the stronger the expected relationship between the extent of measured privatization and inward FDI in any transition economy. 5 In this regard, the presence of a local stock 5 Lansbury, Pain and Smidkova (1996) distinguish between two basic forms of privatization. They identify the first as the standard method which involves direct sales to strategic investors and provides a source
13 13 exchange might also play a significant role in conditioning inflows of FDI. Specifically, a relatively liquid stock exchange can facilitate takeovers of local firms by foreign investors. This mode for FDI is likely to be more important, the greater the prominence of international mergers and acquisitions in the FDI process. Existing studies of inward FDI to ETEEs also identify a number of factors that are featured as standard independent variables in numerous studies of the FDI process in developed countries, as well as in other parts of the developing world. 6 One such variable is the size of the host country measured usually by Gross Domestic Product or, sometimes, by total population. Market size measures such as total real output (Holland and Pain, 1998a) or total population (Altomonte and Guagliano, 2003) have been found to be positively related to inward FDI in samples of transition European countries. A second general variable is the openness of the host economy to trade. Conceptually, trade and FDI can be either substitutes or complements. Specifically, to the extent that inward FDI is strongly motivated by host country barriers to trade, the reduction or elimination of those barriers might have the primary effect of discouraging inward FDI flows while encouraging the repatriation of retained earnings by established foreign-owned companies. On the other hand, to the extent that multinational companies increasingly engage in geographical specialization of production and intra-firm trade (socalled vertical specialization), host countries that are more integrated through trade with their regional neighbors are likely to be more attractive to multinational companies as locations for specific value-chain activities, ceteris paribus, and therefore more likely to of cash revenues to governments. The second is identified as the transitional method which involves the restitution of property and voucher privatization, the primary purpose of which is to re-establish private property rights. 6 Comprehensive reviews of the empirical literature on the overall determinants of FDI flows can be found in Dunning (1993) and Caves (1996).
14 14 attract inward FDI. Carstensen and Toubal (2003) and Lansbury, Pain and Smidkova (1998) find that lower tariffs and/or greater trade integration with Central European countries promotes inward FDI in emerging European countries. Relative labor costs and attributes of the workforce such as skill and educational levels are sometimes included as independent variables in FDI equations. In principle, lower relative labor costs and a more highly educated and skilled workforce should encourage inward FDI, all other things constant; 7 however, the empirical performance of such variables has been mixed, at best. Specifically, wage rates and related variables are not consistently statistically significant in FDI models. In part, this is because labor costs are an incomplete measure of unit costs, and measured levels of formal education may not accurately identify labor productivity differences across countries given different national educational standards and differences in on-the-job training and education across countries. While several studies of emerging Europe find that lower relative labor costs and a more educated workforce encourage inward FDI, this is not uniformly the case for all emerging countries. A country s exchange rate regime has also been featured as an independent variable in FDI models. The broad finding of various empirical models is that volatile exchange rates tend to discourage inward FDI (Globerman and Shapiro, 1999). Again, however, this finding is not uniform across all studies. Nevertheless, it could imply that emerging European countries that have adopted, or plan to adopt, the Euro as their national currencies will be disproportionate beneficiaries of inward FDI flows. More 7 Lankes and Venables (1996) qualify this assertion by distinguishing between FDI projects whose primary function is to serve local and regional markets and those aimed at exporting outside the region. Factor cost considerations are likely to be of substantially greater importance for the latter types of FDI investments than the former. For their sample of 17 emerging countries, including a number of former Soviet republics, they find that market seeking is the dominant form of FDI.
15 15 generally, attention has been focused on whether a country s membership in a regional free trade area affects FDI flows into that country. Beyond affecting the degree to which a country is integrated into regional trade patterns, free trade agreements such as the NAFTA also reduce direct and indirect barriers to inward FDI. Joining a free trade agreement might therefore be expected to promote inward FDI flows, and evidence for NAFTA and the European Union generally supports this expectation, although the results are sensitive to the sample time period, as well as the mix of industries in the sample. 8 To our knowledge, there are no econometric studies of outward foreign direct investment (FDO) involving ETEEs. One might imagine that FDO is the mirror image of FDI. That is, the factors that encourage increased inward FDI discourage FDO. In fact, as Globerman and Shapiro (1999) argue, the conditions that encourage inward FDI are also conducive to the formation and growth of internationally competitive domestically owned firms. Ultimately, successful domestic firms will undertake outward FDI. Hence, given time, one might expect to observe the same factors that encourage increased FDI also promote increased FDO. Whether sufficient time has transpired for this phenomenon to be observed for ETEEs is ultimately an empirical question. MODELING DIRECT INVESTMENT INFLOWS AND OUTFLOWS Our empirical strategy is to specify and estimate a series of equations to identify the cross-country determinants of direct investment inflows (FDI) and outflows (FDO), 8 In this regard, Lansbury, Pain and Smidkova (1996) argue that the perceived risks of investment within Central European emerging economies may have been reduced by an expectation that they would eventually integrate fully with Western Europe. Altomonte and Guagliano (2003) identify agglomeration economies within the European region as a factor contributing to increased FDI in emerging Central and Eastern European economies.
16 16 and to compare the results using different country sub-samples. Specifically we estimate a general model for a sample that includes all countries, and for sub-samples that include all emerging and transition economies (ETEW), all European countries (EUROPE), and emerging and transition economies in Europe (ETEE). We also augment the European model to include Euro-specific variables. For the general model, we extend the parsimonious specification of FDI and FDO flows developed in Globerman and Shapiro (2002; 2003). Thus, we estimate equations of the general form: (1) Ln FDI it = β 0 + β 1 Ln GDP it-1 + β 2 Growth GDP it-1 + β 3 Governance Index it-1 + β 4 Imexp it β 5 Stock it-1 + β 6 Privatization it + β 7 Oil i + β 8 China i + β 9 X i + ε it (2) Ln FDO it = β 0 + β 1 Ln GDP it-1 + β 2 Growth GDP it-1 + β 3 Governance Index it-1 + β 4 Imexp it β 5 Stock it-1 + β 6 Privatization it + β 7 X i + ε it The variables and their expected signs are summarized in Table 3 and are discussed below. The X variable represents a vector of factors specific to Europe in general, and the emerging and transitional markets of Europe in particular. The two equations are for the most part similar. We have elsewhere suggested, with supporting evidence that direct investment inflows and outflows are to a large extent symmetrical (Globerman and Shapiro, 1999; 2002). The presumption is that capital outflows may be stimulated by many of the same factors that encourage capital inflows. For example,
17 17 superior governance encourages inward flows, as well as increased capital investment more generally. In particular, successful firms created through the domestic investment process are likely to invest abroad as world-class multinational companies. In effect, superior governance encourages capital investment and the expansion of businesses that, in turn, stimulates increases in both inward and outward FDI. In specifying the list of independent variables, we draw upon both previous studies of aggregate FDI flows as well as the recent studies that have focused on FDI flows within Europe and the ETEE, as discussed in the previous section. We control for the size of the economy and its rate of growth. Country size is measured by the logarithm of gross domestic product (GDP). Large market size is expected to attract FDI because of economies of scale in production and distribution for products sold in the host market. In addition, larger markets may be associated with agglomeration economies that lower costs for all producers in that market. These advantages conceptually enhance the attractiveness of a country to foreign investors. At the same time, multinational companies headquartered in large domestic economies are more likely to undertake outward FDI to the extent that location in a large domestic economy conveys firm-specific advantages upon those companies, possibly related to agglomeration efficiencies. For these reasons, we expect that GDP is positively associated with both capital inflows and capital outflows. The growth of GDP is included to capture potential future economic opportunities and the existence of economic rents. Specifically, rapid economic growth can contribute to disequilibria in input and output markets that create above average profit potential for investors who identify the opportunities and possess the resources to exploit those
18 18 opportunities. We therefore expect growth to be positively related to FDI, but negatively related to FDO, because a growing economy not only attracts investors from abroad, but it also encourages domestic firms to invest locally. The overall governance environment of the host and home economies can be expected to affect both FDI and FDO flows. In previous work, we discuss the importance of what we call governance infrastructure as a determinant of FDI and FDO (Globerman and Shapiro 2002; 2003). Governance infrastructure refers to a country s political, institutional and legal environment, as well as to the policies that accompany them. Wellgoverned host countries can expect to attract more inward FDI compared to other countries that offer less attractive environments for private investment. However, wellgoverned countries can also be expected to spawn companies with the capabilities to be competitive in foreign markets. Hence, governance should also be positively related to FDO. The governance infrastructure measure that we employ is a broad composite index that encompasses a wide diversity of country specific factors, including political risk, macroeconomic and regulatory policies, rule of law and the extent of corruption. The governance index is sufficiently comprehensive that it accounts for a number of specific variables often included in studies of this kind. 9 Importantly, it is available for a 9 The governance index we use was first developed by Kaufmann, Kraay, and Zoido-Lobaton (1999a and 1999b), and recently expanded upon and updated by Kaufmann, Kraay and Mastruzzi (2003). They estimate six separate indices (which we will refer to as KKM indices) including measures of political instability, rule of law, graft, regulatory burden, voice and political freedom, and government effectiveness. The indices have been estimated (using an unobserved components model) employing 31 different qualitative indicators from 13 different sources, including BERI, DRI/McGraw Hill, the Heritage Foundation, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The indices are highly correlated with each other such that it is very difficult to use them all in a single equation (Globerman and Shapiro, 2002). We therefore created an aggregate measure that is the sum of the six measures. We also created an aggregate index calculated as the first principal component of the six
19 19 broad cross-section of countries. We expect that countries with strong governance structures will attract capital, and will also be capital exporters. It is important to note that the impact of governance on capital flows may not be the same for all countries. In particular, it is likely that the marginal effects of governance improvements will be stronger for countries whose stock of governance infrastructure is relatively low. That is, there may be diminishing returns to governance (Globerman and Shapiro, 2002). For this reason, we report estimates of equations 1 and 2 for subsamples of both emerging market countries, whose governance infrastructure is generally weak, and developed market economies, whose governance infrastructure is generally strong. Previous studies have identified factors such as per capita GDP, physical infrastructure and human capital as determinants of FDI inflows. We do not include such variables in our specification because they are highly correlated with governance infrastructure. This is not surprising since these measures, particularly per capita GDP, are also measures of development outcomes that result from good governance (Globerman and Shapiro, 2002). As noted previously, trade and FDI can be either complements or substitutes. As a consequence, we include a measure of openness to trade (imports + exports/gdp) in the FDI equation. The estimated coefficient will be positive in the FDI equation if FDI and trade are complements, and negative if they are substitutes. We include the same variable in the FDO equation for similar reasons. measures, but this does not change the results. The data are available at:
20 20 It has been documented that, especially in recent years, the majority of aggregate FDI flows are associated with cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A) activity (Kang and Johansson, 2000; Letto-Gillies, Meschi and Simonetti, 2001; Chen and Findlay, 2002). Of the potential variables that make entry via M&A mode more attractive, the most obvious are those associated with greater liquidity and efficiency of capital markets. We use the ratio of stock market capitalization to GDP as a measure of stock market liquidity, and we expect that higher ratios should encourage greater cross-border M&A activity and therefore FDI (di Giovanni, 2003; Rossi and Volpin, 2003). Likewise, liquid stock markets should make it easier for companies to raise financial capital that can be used, in turn, to acquire foreign companies. In short, we would expect both FDO and FDI to be positively related to stock market liquidity. 10 An additional variable that should be directly related to inward FDI via acquisitions is the degree of privatization activity in the host country. Privatization initiatives create a pool of potential acquisition targets or merger partners for foreign firms, and privatization should therefore be positively to FDI activity. In addition, countries pursuing privatization may also engage in more general liberalization policies that encourage capital inflows. To the extent that privatization activities also create more opportunities for domestic firms to invest in the home economy, they may limit FDO. As a consequence, we include this variable in the FDO equation with an expected negative sign. 10 Stock market liquidity may be important for broader reasons. The ability of firms to raise capital in liquid capital markets could also facilitate their ability to make other types of foreign investments besides acquisitions of foreign companies. This would reinforce the positive relationship between FDO and stock market liquidity.
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