World Investment Report 1998

Trends and Determinants

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Prepared by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Investment Report 1998 (WIR98) provides an analysis of current trends at the global and regional levels in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and international production by transnational corporations (TNCs). It discusses specific issues related to the role and impact of FDI in various parts of the world, including, among others, the implications of the recent financial crisis in Asia for FDI, in and by, the affected countries and other economies. The Report also reviews the locational determinants of flows of FDI to host countries and examines the evolving nature of those determinants as TNCs adjust their strategies to the changing global economic environment and increased competitive pressures.




The World Investment Report 1998 was prepared by a team led by Karl P. Sauvant and comprising Victoria Aranda, Persephone Economou, Wilfried Engelke, Masataka Fujita, Kálmán Kalotay, Padma Mallampally, Ludger Odenthal, Assad Omer, Jörg Weber, James Xiaoning Zhan and Zbigniew Zimny. Specific inputs were received from Bijit Bora, Sew Sam Chan Tung, Anna Joubin-Bret, Mina Dowlatchahi, Gabriele Koehler, Menelea Masin, Anne Miroux, Marko Stanovic and Anh Nga Tran-Nguyen. The work was carried out under the overall direction of Lynn K. Mytelka.


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