Journal Article

What Drives FDI from Non-traditional Sources? A Comparative Analysis of the Determinants of Bilateral FDI Flows


  • Andrés
  • M.S.
  • Nunnenkamp
  • P.
  • Busse
  • M.
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Non-traditional source countries of FDI play an increasingly important role, notably in developing host countries. This raises the question of whether the location choices differ systematically between traditional and non-traditional source countries. We perform Logit and Poisson Pseudo Maximum Likelihood estimations to assess the determinants of bilateral FDI flows. We find that economic geography variables are more relevant for FDI from non-traditional sources. The risk aversion of non-traditional investors is not consistently weaker than that of traditional investors. Resource abundance and superior technology in the host countries represent minor pull factors of FDI from non-traditional sources.


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Key Words

  • FDI flows
  • FDI-Ströme
  • gravity-type models
  • location choices
  • source-host country pairs
  • types of FDI