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The Effect of Treaties on Foreign Direct InvestmentBilateral Investment Treaties, Double Taxation Treaties, and Investment Flows$
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Karl P. Sauvant and Lisa E. Sachs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388534.001.0001

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The Global BITs Regime and the Domestic Environment for Investment

The Global BITs Regime and the Domestic Environment for Investment

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(p.311) 11. THE GLOBAL BITS REGIME AND THE DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENT FOR INVESTMENT
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The Effect of Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment
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Susan Rose-Ackerman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388534.003.0011

This chapter examines the impact of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on foreign direct investment (FDI). It introduces the basic theoretical framework developed in Bubb and Rose-Ackerman (2007) and in Tobin and Rose-Ackerman (2008), and then summarizes the empirical finding of Tobin and Rose-Ackerman. It offers some thoughts on the rise of the BITs regime and its implications for the possibility of a Multilateral Investment Agreement. The chapter shows that BITs have a positive impact on FDI flows to developing countries, but only in interaction with the political and economic environment for investment.

Keywords:   bilateral investment treaties, foreign direct investment, investment inflows, Multilateral Investment Agreement

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