Eight Things Development Professionals Should Know about Foreign Direct Investment

Policy Paper
Published on 5 December 2019
Beata Javorcik


Although global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) have not recovered since the 2008 financial crisis, flows to developing countries have continued to register a very modest growth. But what is the impact of these FDI inflows on the recipient developing economies? This paper reviews the existing evidence to produce eight messages that could help development professionals understand the implications of FDI inflows for developing countries.