World Investment Report 1991

The Triad in Foreign Direct Investment

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This Report analyses the phenomenal growth of world foreign direct investment in the 1980s. In particular, it focuses on the Triad - the United States, the EC and Japan - which accounted for four-fifths of all foreign direct investment to the rest of the world in that period. One significant discovery of this study is that the United States is now the largest recipient country of foreign direct investment. Inflows come mainly from the EC and Japan. However, its position as a source country has declined dramatically.



Global trends in foreign direct investment

After having nearly tripled between 1984 and 1987, world-wide outflows of foreign direct investment increased by another 20 per cent in both 1988 and in 1989, to reach an absolute level of $196 billion. By 1989, the total world-wide stock of this investment stood at approximately $1.5 trillion. 3.


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