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Title:More stringent BITs, less ambiguous effects on FDI? Not a bit! PDF Logo
Authors:Berger, Axel
Busse, Matthias
Nunnenkamp, Peter
Roy, Martin
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:WTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2010-10
Abstract:We focus on investor-state dispute settlement provisions contained in various, though far from all, bilateral investment treaties as a possible determinant of BIT-related effects on bilateral FDI flows. Our estimation results prove to be sensitive to the specification of these provisions as well as the inclusion of transition countries in the sample. Stricter dispute settlement provisions do not necessarily result in higher FDI inflows so that the effectiveness of BITs as a credible commitment device remains elusive.
Subjects:Dispute Settlement
BITs
FDI flows
JEL:F21
F23
K33
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
WTO Staff Working Papers, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO

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