Are investment promotion agencies doing the right thing? Evidence from China

Bin Ni*

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This paper tries to verify how the establishment of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) affects the decisions of foreign firms regarding their subsequent investment by combining firm-level data from the World Bank's Enterprise Survey with city-level information on (IPAs) in China. After correcting for potential endogeneity problems, the result confirms the IPAs' role in promoting incremental foreign direct investment (FDI) into China. Furthermore, it is shown that Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan (HMT) firms are less sensitive to IPAs' efforts in making further investment than are non-HMT foreign firms. In addition, IPAs are found to be more successful in enhancing foreign firms' investment in high-tech than in low-tech industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1336
Number of pages12
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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