Direct Investment in South-East Asia and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis
The countries of Central and Eastern Europe are undergoing an unprecedented transition from centrally planned to capitalist market economies. Aside from macroeconomic stabilization, which has been a top priority in the early years of transition, this necessitates an almost complete microeconomic restructuring, including large-scale changes in ownership and the establishment of market institutions. It was expected that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) could play a very important catalytic role in the transition, and transfer capital and urgently needed technological and management skills to the region (Dunning 1993a; McMillan 1993). Some countries made FDI an integral part of their transition strategy and the international financial institutions considered it ‘crucial’ for the success of the transition (IMF, World Bank, OECD and EBRD 1991, p. 75).
KeywordsForeign Direct Investment Labour Cost Labour Intensity Foreign Direct Investment Inflow Locational Advantage
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