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How regional integration and transnational energy networks have boosted FDI in Turkey (and may cease to do so): a case study: how geo-political alliances and regional networks matter (English)

Turkey has historically struggled to attract foreign investors. This paper argues that not only macroeconomic and political stability, but also regional integration explains the upsurge in foreign direct investment observed since 2005. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6970 JUL 01, 2014

Sanchez Martin, Miguel Eduardo; Escribano Frances, Gonzalo; de Arce Borda, Rafael

Foreign direct investment flows into Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

The key messages in this brief are as follows: 1) Foreign direct investment (FDI) remains one of the most important forms of cross-border capital flow into developing countries. ... See More +

Brief 86060 MAR 01, 2014

French

Foreign direct investment flows into Sub-Saharan Africa : Flux d'investissements directs étrangers en Afrique subsaharienne (French)

The key messages in this brief are as follows: 1) Foreign direct investment (FDI) remains one of the most important forms of cross-border capital flow into developing countries. ... See More +

Brief 86060 MAR 01, 2014

English

Does FDI work for Africa? Assessing local spillovers in a world of global value chains (English)

The extent to which developing countries benefit from foreign direct investment (FDI) depends on whether they are able to realize the productivity-enhancing benefits of knowledge and technology spillovers from foreign investors. ... See More +

Brief 84951 FEB 01, 2014

Farole, Thomas; Winkler, Deborah

Making foreign direct investment work for Sub-Saharan Africa : local spillovers and competitiveness in global value chains (English)

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is becoming an increasingly significant catalyst for output and trade in developing countries, in part due to a major expansion in the scope of Global Value Chains (GVCs). ... See More +

Publication 83501 DEC 17, 2013

Farole, Thomas; Winkler, Deborah

Attracting foreign direct investment : what can South Asia's lack of success teach other developing countries ? (English)

Like many other developing countries, South Asian nations have been experiencing increased foreign direct investment inflows over the past decade as developing countries get a larger share of cross-border investments that were once sent to developed countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6696 NOV 01, 2013

Gould, David M.; Tan, Congyan; Emamgholi, Amir S. Sadeghi

Starting a foreign investment across sectors (English)

The ease of starting a foreign investment in various sectors is a relevant consideration for investors seeking to establish an investment project abroad. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6707 NOV 01, 2013

De la Medina Soto, Christian; Ghossein, Tania

Middle East and North Africa - economic developments and prospects : investing in turbulent times (English)

The political and social upheavals that followed the Arab Spring of 2011 continue to dominate economic activity and near term prospects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). ... See More +

Other Financial Sector Study 81757 OCT 01, 2013

Ianchovichina, Elena; Devarajan, Shantayanan; Burger, Martijn; Cosic, Damir; Rouis, Mustapha

Trends and determinants of foreign direct investment in South Asia (English)

Like many other developing countries, South Asian nations have been experiencing increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows over the past decade as developing countries get a larger share of cross-border investments once sent to developed countries. ... See More +

Other Poverty Study ACS4846 JUN 16, 2013

Potential and actual FDI spillovers in global value chains : the role of foreign investor characteristics, absorptive capacity and transmission channels (English)

Using newly collected survey data on direct supplier-multinational linkages in Chile, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Vietnam, this paper first evaluates whether foreign investors differ from domestic producers in terms of their potential to generate positive spillovers for local suppliers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6424 APR 01, 2013

Winkler, Deborah

Doing business 2013 : does doing business matter for foreign direct investment? (English)

This case study presents evidence of a significant correlation between the doing business indicators and flows of foreign direct investment (FDI). ... See More +

Brief 80647 JAN 01, 2013

Foreign firm characteristics, absorptive capacity and the institutional framework : the role of mediating factors for FDI spillovers in low- and middle-income countries (English)

Using a cross-section of more than 25,000 domestic manufacturing firms in 78 low and middle-income countries from the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys, this paper assesses how mediating factors influence intra-industry productivity spillovers to domestic firms from foreign direct investment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6265 NOV 01, 2012

Farole, Thomas; Winkler, Deborah

Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in Southern African economies (English)

The authors use a new data set on firms in thirteen countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and comparators from other regions to identify the benefits and determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in this region. ... See More +

Journal Article 79466 SEP 04, 2012

Lederman, Daniel; Mengistae, Taye; Colin Xu, Lixin

Picking up the pace : reviving growth in Indonesia's manufacturing sector : Mempercepat laju : revitalisasi pertumbuhan di sektor manufaktur Indonesia (Bahasa (Indonesian))

This series of policy notes provides an assessment of the characteristics, performance, and challenges of the manufacturing sector in Indonesia. ... See More +

Working Paper 73128 SEP 01, 2012

English

Innovative and absorptive capacity of international knowledge : an empirical analysis of productivity sources in Latin American countries (English)

This paper examines two sources of global knowledge spillovers: foreign direct investments and trade. Empirical evidence demonstrates that foreign direct investment and trade can contribute to overall domestic productivity growth only when the technology gap between domestic and foreign firms is not too large and when a sufficient absorptive capacity is available in domestic firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5931 JAN 01, 2012

Guasch, Jose Luis; Castillo, Leopoldo Laborda; Salem, Daniel Sotelsek

FIAS : the facility for investment climate advisory services : FY 2012 annual review (English)

Fiscal year 2012 marked the first year of the new Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS) FY2012-2016 strategy cycle. In line with the new strategy endorsed in 2011 by the World Bank Group board and donor partners, FIAS funded activities were regrouped under three overarching strategic themes, reflecting the spectrum of economy-wide and industry-specific investment climate activities to be funded by FIAS: (i) fostering enterprise creation and growth; (ii) facilitating international trade and investment; and (iii) unlocking sustainable investments in key industries, particularly agribusiness and tourism. ... See More +

Annual Report 77090 JAN 01, 2012

Guislain, Pierre

Innovative and absorptive capacity of international knowledge : a empirical analysis of productivity sources in Latin American countries (English)

This paper examines two sources of global knowledge spillovers: foreign direct investments (FDI) and trade. Empirical evidence demonstrates that FDI and trade can contribute to overall domestic productivity growth only when the technology gap between domestic and foreign firms is not too large and when a sufficient absorptive capacity is available in domestic firms. ... See More +

Journal Article 79475 DEC 08, 2011

Castillo, Leopoldo Laborda; Salem, Daniel Sotelsek; Guasch, Jose Luis

Investing across borders with heterogeneous firms : do FDI-specific regulations matter? (English)

This paper revisits the institutional determinants of foreign direct investment (FDI) using a comprehensive new data set on the regulations that govern FDI in more than 80 countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5914 DEC 01, 2011

Wagle, Swarnim

Fostering technology absorption in Southern African enterprises (English)

This book seeks to understand how firms in southern Africa absorb technology and how policy makers can hurry the process along. It identifies channels of technology transfer and absorption through trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) and constraints to greater technology absorption, and it discusses policy options open to the government and the private sector in light of relevant international experience. ... See More +

Publication 64667 SEP 16, 2011

Kuriakose, Smita; Kaplan, David; Zhang, Chunlin; Goldberg, Itzhak; Tuomi, Krista

Attractive FDI : how much does investment climate matter? (English)

Business opportunities-as reflected in the size and growth potential of markets-are the most powerful drivers of foreign direct investment. But investment climate features such as strong institutions and investor friendly regulations also matter and may even boost the development impact of the investment. ... See More +

Viewpoint 67803 AUG 01, 2011

Hornberger, Kusi; Kusek, Peter; Battat, Joseph

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How regional integration and transnational energy networks have boosted FDI in Turkey (and may cease to do so): a case study: how geo-political alliances and regional networks matter (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6970 Policy Research Working Paper
Foreign direct investment flows into Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 86060 Brief French
Foreign direct investment flows into Sub-Saharan Africa : Flux d'investissements directs étrangers en Afrique subsaharienne (French)
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MAR 01, 2014 86060 Brief English
Does FDI work for Africa? Assessing local spillovers in a world of global value chains (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 84951 Brief
Making foreign direct investment work for Sub-Saharan Africa : local spillovers and competitiveness in global value chains (English)
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DEC 17, 2013 83501 Publication
Attracting foreign direct investment : what can South Asia's lack of success teach other developing countries ? (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 WPS6696 Policy Research Working Paper
Starting a foreign investment across sectors (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 WPS6707 Policy Research Working Paper
Middle East and North Africa - economic developments and prospects : investing in turbulent times (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 81757 Other Financial Sector Study
Trends and determinants of foreign direct investment in South Asia (English)
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JUN 16, 2013 ACS4846 Other Poverty Study
Potential and actual FDI spillovers in global value chains : the role of foreign investor characteristics, absorptive capacity and transmission channels (English)
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APR 01, 2013 WPS6424 Policy Research Working Paper
Doing business 2013 : does doing business matter for foreign direct investment? (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 80647 Brief
Foreign firm characteristics, absorptive capacity and the institutional framework : the role of mediating factors for FDI spillovers in low- and middle-income countries (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 WPS6265 Policy Research Working Paper
Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in Southern African economies (English)
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SEP 04, 2012 79466 Journal Article
Picking up the pace : reviving growth in Indonesia's manufacturing sector : Mempercepat laju : revitalisasi pertumbuhan di sektor manufaktur Indonesia (Bahasa (Indonesian))
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SEP 01, 2012 73128 Working Paper English
Innovative and absorptive capacity of international knowledge : an empirical analysis of productivity sources in Latin American countries (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2012 WPS5931 Policy Research Working Paper
FIAS : the facility for investment climate advisory services : FY 2012 annual review (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2012 77090 Annual Report
Innovative and absorptive capacity of international knowledge : a empirical analysis of productivity sources in Latin American countries (English)
See More +
DEC 08, 2011 79475 Journal Article
Investing across borders with heterogeneous firms : do FDI-specific regulations matter? (English)
See More +
DEC 01, 2011 WPS5914 Policy Research Working Paper
Fostering technology absorption in Southern African enterprises (English)
See More +
SEP 16, 2011 64667 Publication
Attractive FDI : how much does investment climate matter? (English)
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AUG 01, 2011 67803 Viewpoint