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Foreign Direct Investment in China

Location Determinants, Investor Differences and Economic Impacts Chunlai Chen, Associate Professor, Policy and Governance Program, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Australia
Foreign Direct Investment in China is one of the most comprehensive studies of FDI in China and provides a remarkable background of information on the evolution of China’s FDI policies over the last 30 years.
Extent: 320 pp
Hardback Price: $143.00 Web: $128.70
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84980 388 5
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Foreign Direct Investment in China is one of the most comprehensive studies of FDI in China and provides a remarkable background of information on the evolution of China’s FDI policies over the last 30 years.

Chunlai Chen presents a compelling and thorough analysis of the leading theoretical explanations of FDI and a series of rigorous empirical examinations of the location determinants of FDI. He provides a comprehensive analysis of the differences in investment and production behaviour between the major investors as well as an in-depth investigation of the impacts of FDI on China’s economy.

This book is a highly focused and unique work of theoretical analysis and empirical study of FDI in China. It is a valuable and important reference for scholars and students who are interested in FDI in general and in Chinese economic studies in particular.
‘Overall, this book demonstrates that the wasteful chasm that has emerged between the evolving flexibility of international business theorising and the conceptual and contextual limitations of mainstream studies that are predominately driven by particular techniques can be bridged to considerable purpose and with great value. Within its diversity and eclecticism, the book provides a range of coherent insights and perspectives on MNEs’ operations in China.’
– Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

‘For readers looking for a comprehensive, rigorously quantitative analysis of foreign direct investment (FDI) in China, there is no better work than Chunlai Chen’s Foreign Direct Investment in China. In the book he analyzes a wide range of issues ranging from the contribution of FDI to China’s growth to why FDI is concentrated in certain Chinese provinces and not others. Readers with an economics or statistical background will get the most out of the book, but it is accessible and informative for many others.’
– Dwight H. Perkins, Harvard University, US
Contents: Foreword by Christopher Findlay Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Evolution and Main Features of China’s FDI Laws and Policies Part I: Location Determinants 3. Location Determinants of FDI and China’s Performance in Attracting FDI Inflows 4. The Impact of China on FDI Inflows into Other Developing Countries 5. Provincial Characteristics and the FDI Location Decision within China Part II: Investor Differences 6. Composition and Investment Intensity of Source Countries in China 7. FDI in Manufacturing and Comparison of Overseas Chinese Affiliates and Foreign Country Affiliates Part III: Economic Impacts 8. The Contribution of FDI to China’s Economic Growth 9. Spillover Effects of FDI on China’s Domestic Firms’ Productivity 10. Spillover Effects of FDI on China’s Domestic Firms’ Exports 11. Conclusion, Policy Implications and Prospects References Index