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Evidence on the determinants of foreign direct investment: the case of EU regions

Laura Casi and Laura Resmini
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Laura Casi: Universita degli Studi di Milano and ISLA, Universita Bocconi

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2010, vol. 1(2), 93-118

Abstract: This study analyses the determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at regional level. While the determinants of FDI in Europe have been extensively analysed at the country level, the literature on location patterns and on the determinants of FDI at the regional level is only at its beginning. This study follows this line of empirical research by using original data on the number of foreign investments over the 2005-07 period disaggregated by regions of the EU27 and by sectors. We perform a detailed analysis of the location determinants of foreign investments using different econometric specifications in order to consider a large set of variables potentially explaining FDI location. We attempt, on the one hand, to demonstrate whether variables usually employed to explain the determinants of FDI at the country level also influence the location of FDI at the regional level, and on the other hand to identify which locational advantages are able to attract FDI into EU regions. In so doing, we control for firm, sector and spatial heterogeneity in order to capture potential differences in the patterns of location of different kinds of foreign firms.

Keywords: foreign direct investment; region (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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