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Foreign Investment for Development

Investment is the cornerstone of any growth and development effort. By definition developing countries need more investment for productive capabilities and environmental protection. In an effort to gain more foreign investment, developing nations have worked to liberalize their capital accounts, both unilaterally and through free trade and or investment agreements. GDAE’s work analyzes the impact of investment
liberalization on economic development in Latin America and other developing regions in an effort to draw lessons for future trade and investment negotiations. GDAE's work focuses on three important

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) - To what extent have trade and investment liberalization increased FDI into developing countries? Has
that capital contributed to dynamic and sustainable development? What policy reforms are needed to ensure that FDI enhances sustainable development?

Capital Controls, Trade and Investment Treaties, and Development - In developing nations with relatively weak financial systems, capital flows need to be managed so as not to trigger financial crises. What role do such controls play in mitigating financial crises?
To what extent do trade and investment agreements prevent developing countries from implementing such measures?

Reforming U.S. Investment Treaties - GDAE researcher Kevin
P. Gallagher participated in an Expert Advisory Committee named to
advise President Obama on U.S. proposals for investment provisions
in trade agreements.








The Global Development and Environment Institute’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program examines the economic, social and environmental impacts of economic integration in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the WTO and NAFTA's lessons for trade and development policy. The goal of the program is to identify policies and international agreements that foster sustainable development.

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