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Migrant networks and foreign direct investment, Volume 1
 
Author:Javorcik, Beata S.; Ozden, Caglar; Spatareanu, Mariana; Neagu, Cristina; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 4046
Country:United States; World; Date Stored:2006/10/25
Document Date:2006/11/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement; Economic Theory & Research; Human Migrations & Resettlements; Population Policies; AnthropologyLanguage:English
Region:Rest Of The World; The World RegionReport Number:WPS4046
Volume No:1  

Summary: While there exists sizeable literature documenting the importance of ethnic networks for international trade, little attention has been devoted to studying the effects of networks on foreign direct investment (FDI). The existence of ethnic networks may positively affect FDI by promoting information flows across international borders and by serving as a contract enforcement mechanism. This paper investigates the link between the presence of migrants in the United States and U.S. FDI in the migrants' countries of origin, taking into account the potential endogeneity concerns. The results suggest that U.S. FDI abroad is positively correlated with the presence of migrants from the host country. The data further indicate that the relationship between FDI and migration is driven by the presence of migrants with a college education.

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