A Review of Empirical Studies on FDI Determinants

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Unlike the other forms of investment strategies, foreign direct investment (FDI) involves the long-term commitment in the host country. FDI determinants are complex and multi-dimensional phenomena that result from both macro-economic and firm strategy considerations. The main objective of the present research is to review the empirical studies on FDI determinants in order to find out what motives international corporations are pursuing since the FDI policies and nation-specific business environment are directly affecting international corporations’ activity involvement. The literature and document review research method is adopted for this research, and the research is refined by including only papers that contained empirical studies on FDI determinants. Research has been carried out using secondary data drawn from a diverse pool of materials, including books, journals and other credible reports from international institutions. This research concludes the evidence of the mixed results on such a linkage.

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