The Role of Trade & Foreign Direct Investment in Development

Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been a key component of trade for decades, and has been the focus of a tidal wave of academic research as well. Conceptually, FDI must have an important role in providing welfare gains associated with trade. One of the key differences between countries, after all, is the relative quantity of capital available to its citizens. In these remarks, the author intends to provide a bird’s eye view of the literature on FDI with a focus on the developing country’s perspective.