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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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Do BITs Really Work? Revisiting the Empirical Link Between Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment *

Do BITs Really Work? Revisiting the Empirical Link Between Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment *

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(p.379) 14. DO BITS REALLY WORK? REVISITING THE EMPIRICAL LINK BETWEEN INVESTMENT TREATIES AND FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT *
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The Effect of Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment
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Jason Yackee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388534.003.0014

Eric Neumayer and Laura Spess (2005) recently published in the journal World Development the first peer-reviewed, methodologically sophisticated econometric analysis of the effects that bilateral investment treaties (BITs) might have on foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. The authors provided robust statistical evidence that developing countries that sign BITs with important capital-exporting countries enjoy potentially massive increases in FDI. This chapter replicates, expands, and critiques Neumayer and Spess's study with the purpose of probing how much is known about the effects of BITs on FDI inflows.

Keywords:   bilateral investment treaties, FDI, investment inflows, developing countries, Neumayer and Spess

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