Foreign direct investment: using network analysis to understand the position of Portugal in a global FDI network

Filipa Lima, Flávio L. Pinheiro, João Falcão Silva, Pedro Matos

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Abstract

Understanding the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) is of utmost importance in a world economy of increasingly interdependent economies. However, the lack of an unified data source of FDI covering a long time frame has posed serious challenges to its analysis. In this article we apply methods of network analysis to build a representation of the global FDI relationships. We show how the network representation of the global FDI can be used to identify patterns, identify preferential paths for investment, establish trends and describe the relations between countries over time. We present the results by using specific visualisation tools that graphically illustrate the interlinkages between the economies, and that can be a valuable instrument for the design and deployment of regulating instruments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging measurement challenges and analytical needs of external statistics: evolution or revolution?
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the IFC Conference on external statistics, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-18 February 2020
PublisherBank of International Settlements
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-9259-421-3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
EventIFC Conference on external statistics: Bridging measurement challenges and analytical needs of external statistics: evolution or revolution? - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 17 Feb 202018 Feb 2020
Conference number: 2020
https://www.bis.org/ifc/publ/ifcb52.htm

Publication series

NameIFC Bulletin
Number52
ISSN (Electronic)1991-7511

Conference

ConferenceIFC Conference on external statistics
Abbreviated titleIFC Conference
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period17/02/2018/02/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • Foreign direct investment
  • Network analysis
  • Visualisation tools

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