Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125935
Authors: 
Bickenbach, Frank
Liu, Wan-Hsin
Nunnenkamp, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 2015
Abstract: 
It is open to question whether the intensified worldwide competition for FDI has reduced its traditionally strong concentration in a few large and relatively advanced host countries. We calculate and decompose Theil indices to track changes in absolute and relative concentration of FDI during the period 1970-2013. We find that both absolute and relative concentration decreased when excluding offshore financial centers from the overall sample. In addition to the narrowing gap between OECD and non-OECD countries, the concentration across non-OECD countries declined - for major subgroups and for both the absolute and relative measures. Finally, recent developments indicate that low-income countries are no longer at the losing end of the competition for FDI.
Subjects: 
foreign direct investment
concentration
Theil decomposition
JEL: 
F21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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