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Be my guest: the effect of foreign policy visits to the USA on FDI

Adam, Antonis and Tsarsitalidou, Sofia (2023) Be my guest: the effect of foreign policy visits to the USA on FDI. Review of World Economics. ISSN 1610-2878

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10290-023-00500-w


We examine whether a country leader’s diplomatic visit to the USA affects the Foreign Direct Investment inflow. The literature so far has found inconclusive results regarding diplomatic relations' effect on international flows. We use a dynamic Inverse Probability Weighting Regression Adjustment framework to examine this relationship and estimate the causal effect of foreign visits. Our results indicate that a visit to the US increases the country’s total FDI inflows by up to one percentage point per annum, with a cumulative effect reaching 2.5 percentage points six years after the visit. However, this is a short-run effect as it disappears in the subsequent years. Furthermore, our first-stage results shed light on the profile of the leaders that visit the US. Our findings are consistent with the view that foreign visits act as signals to investors regarding the country’s political risk.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023, The Author(s).
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F21 - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
H - Public Economics > H8 - Miscellaneous Issues > H80 - General
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2023 10:15
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 18:57

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