Foreign Direct Investment research

There is a strong positive relationship between trade and investment. Trade induces foreign direct investment (FDI) and vice-versa, impacting growth. Our research measures the impact of FDI on economic growth in Asian economies and discusses policies for better FDI.

Supported research

Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment

Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment

In 2015, the Hinrich Foundation commissioned Professor Michael J. Enright to lead a major research project identifying the impact of foreign direct investment on China’s economic development. Using economic impact analysis and econometric models, the resulting research showed that the impact was far greater than generally understood, and that most multinational companies vastly underestimated their own impact on China’s economy.

 

Downloadable resources

  • FDI in China infographic (English version)
  • FDI in China infographic (Chinese version)
  • FDI in China fact sheet (English version)  
  • FDI in China fact sheet (Chinese version)
  • Executive summary (short white paper): The Impact of U.S. Foreign Investment
  • White paper: The Impact of U.S. Foreign Investment and U.S. Companies on China’s Economy
  • White paper: A Profitable Partnership Under Stress
  • Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment
  • Corporate case study: Hong Kong Pioneers
  • Corporate case study: Samsung
  • Corporate case study: Maersk
  • Corporate case study: Procter & Gamble
 

Hinrich Foundation thought leadership

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Hinrich Foundation White Paper: A Profitable Partnership Under Stress: Why it makes sense to ratchet-down US-China trade tensions

In 2017, we interviewed MNC executives doing business in China and analyzed publicly available financial data for 22 MNCs with substantial operations in China to review the benefits of China-US trade for US companies. Our objective was to provide a firmer factual basis for a discussion of the US- China economic relationship. The paper concluded that the likelihood for a period of trade turbulence between the United States and China was greater than any time in recent memory, but that the partnership between US companies and China has been on balance immensely profitable for both parties.
 

Our other FDI related articles

 

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From our resource center

Research reports from multilateral institutions

  • Sidelined: US-China Investment in 1H 2019

    Sidelined: US-China Investment in 1H 2019

    US-China tensions further took a hit at FDI in the first half of 2019, with two-way capital flows between the US and China dropping to the lowest six-month value in five years, while US FDI in China held firm and rose 1.5% compared with same period last year. Read More
  • WTO Trade Profiles 2019

    WTO Trade Profiles 2019

    The WTO’s Trade Profiles 2019 report provides important indicators on trade in services and goods for 197 economies around the world. Read More
  • World Tariff Profiles 2019

    World Tariff Profiles 2019

    The World Tariffs Profiles is a joint publication of the WTO, ITC and UNCTAD devoted to market access for goods and contains a compilation of the main tariff parameters plus other countries and custom territories. Read More
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