Economic determinants of inter- and intra-FDI in East Asia

Hsiang-Chih HWANG, Jesús SEADE

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


The authors searched for economic determinants of bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI) in 15 East and Southeast Asian economies between 1990 and 2005. Estimation results from a gravity model using market access, comparative advantage and policy-driven incentives as variables suggest that multinational companies inside and outside the region had dissimilar FDI incentives and concerns regarding relative factor costs, import duties, geographic distance, and language. In addition, the results suggest a positive relationship between increased regional trade and FDI in East and Southeast Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1350008
JournalChina Economic Policy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2014


  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • foreign direct investment
  • multinational corporations
  • regional trade


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