The Politics of Foreign Direct Investment into Developing Countries: Increasing FDI through International Trade Agreements?

  title={The Politics of Foreign Direct Investment into Developing Countries: Increasing FDI through International Trade Agreements?},
  author={Tim B{\"u}the and Helen V. Milner},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
The flow of foreign direct investment into developing countries varies greatly across countries and over time. The political factors that affect these flows are not well understood. Focusing on the relationship between trade and investment, we argue that international trade agreements—GATT/WTO and preferential trade agreements (PTAs)—provide mechanisms for making commitments to foreign investors about the treatment of their assets, thus reassuring investors and increasing investment. These… 

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