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Learning or leaning : persistent and transitory growth spillovers from FDI (English)

Using firm-level data for Jordan, the paper estimates the extent to which growth spillovers from foreign direct investment (FDI) to local firms stem from persistent learning externalities (i.e., they endure even after foreign investment leaves as knowledge has been transferred to local firms) or from transitory effects (e.g., demand increases that evaporate following disinvestment). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7591 MAR 02, 2016

Davies,Ronald B.; Lamla,Michael Josef; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Executive Directors' strategic engagements work program (undated) (November 2015) (English)

This Executive Directors' strategic engagements work program covers FY16 Q2, Q3, and updated reports and other documents to be circulated for information. ... See More +

Board Report 100611 NOV 01, 2015

Disclosed

The impact of investment policy in a changing global economy : a review of the literature (English)

Evidence shows that foreign direct investment can provide many benefits to host countries, including productivity improvements, better jobs, and knowledge transfer. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7437 OCT 13, 2015

Echandi,Roberto; Krajcovicova,Jana; Qiang,Christine Zhenwei Disclosed

Manufacturing FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa : trends, determinants, and impacts (English)

This report offers five policy recommendations that could contribute to the attraction of manufacturing FDI in Africa. To further the benefits of FDI, especially in the manufacturing sector, policymakers in Africa should: First, manage FDI flows and FDI-related policies in a way that maximizes spillovers in host countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 97836 JUN 19, 2015

Chen,Guang Zhe; Geiger,Michael Tobias; Fu,Minghui Disclosed

Measuring the determinants of backward linkages from FDI in developing economies : is it a matter of size ? (English)

The main focus of the paper is the measurement of the potential for externalities related to foreign direct investment. A series of novel proxies are drawn from the Enterprise Survey database of the World Bank-IFC and tested against hypotheses considered in the foreign direct investment literature. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7185 JAN 01, 2015

Sanchez-Martin, Miguel Eduardo; de Pinies, Jaime; Antoine, Kassia Disclosed

The effects of financial development on foreign direct investment (English)

This paper examines how financial development influences foreign direct investment. The direct and indirect sector-specific effects that source countries' financial development and destination countries' financial development can have on foreign direct investment are first identified in a conceptual framework. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7065 OCT 01, 2014

Desbordes, Rodolphe; Wei, Shang-Jin Disclosed

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 Disclosed

Does FDI bring good jobs to host countries ? (English)

Are jobs created by foreign investors good jobs? The evidence reviewed in this article is consistent with the view that jobs created by FDI are good jobs, both from the worker's and the country's perspective. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6936 JUN 01, 2014

Javorcik, Beata S. Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

Trade integration, FDI, and productivity (policy note 2) (English)

Policy attitude towards trade integration and foreign direct investment (FDI) is often a controversial yet popular subject. This note presents evidences from recent policy researches that arguing that engaging in an open trade and investment regime have brought productivity gains which is key factor for sustaining increase in income per-capita. ... See More +

Policy Note 89284 JAN 01, 2014

Javorcik,Beata; Iacovone,Leonardo; Fitrani,Fitria Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

MENA economic and development prospects 2013 : 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 +

Brief 83725 NOV 01, 2013

Ianchovichina, Elena; Devarajan, Shantayanan; Burger, Martijn Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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

Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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

Disclosed

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Learning or leaning : persistent and transitory growth spillovers from FDI (English)
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MAR 02, 2016 WPS7591 Policy Research Working Paper
Executive Directors' strategic engagements work program (undated) (November 2015) (English)
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NOV 01, 2015 100611 Board Report
The impact of investment policy in a changing global economy : a review of the literature (English)
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OCT 13, 2015 WPS7437 Policy Research Working Paper
Manufacturing FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa : trends, determinants, and impacts (English)
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JUN 19, 2015 97836 Working Paper
Measuring the determinants of backward linkages from FDI in developing economies : is it a matter of size ? (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 WPS7185 Policy Research Working Paper
The effects of financial development on foreign direct investment (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7065 Policy Research Working Paper
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
Does FDI bring good jobs to host countries ? (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6936 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
Trade integration, FDI, and productivity (policy note 2) (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 89284 Policy Note
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
MENA economic and development prospects 2013 : investing in turbulent times (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 83725 Brief
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