Overseas Direct Funding in 2021 – A Nascent Restoration?


UNCTAD’s World Funding Report 2022 got here out just lately. Determine 1 depicts the restoration of FDI inflows.


Whereas flows have recovered, they haven’t regained ranges achieved earlier than Mr. Trump’s commerce struggle. In a earlier put up, Jardet, Jude and I attributed the decline (pre-2020) to the uncertainty related to the commerce struggle. Determine 2 exhibits how inflows have rebounded in 2021.


Trying ahead, the Report notes:

This fragile development of actual productive funding is prone to persist in 2022. The fallout of the struggle in Ukraine with the triple meals, gasoline and finance crises, together with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and local weather disruption, are including stresses, significantly in creating international locations. World development estimates for the yr are already down by a full share level. There’s vital threat that the momentum for restoration in worldwide funding will stall prematurely, hampering efforts to spice up finance for sustainable growth.

In our paper, Caroline Jardet, Cristina Jude and I discover that FDI inflows reply to financial uncertainty, so that it’s going to certainly be tough to maintain flows at elevated ranges on this surroundings (put up).

Right here’s OECD’s estimates of FDI inflows via Q1, and GDP weighted World Uncertainty Index (utilized in Jardet, Jude, Chinn (2022)).

Determine 1: World FDI flows, bn USD. Supply:OECD.

Determine 2: GDP weighted WUI. Supply:worlduncertainty.com.



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