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International Relations: Tyson Roberts, IR Job Candidate
Start Date: 11/20/2013Start Time: 4:10 PM
End Date: 11/20/2013End Time: 5:30 PM
Event Description
Speaker: IR Job Candidate, Tyson Roberts
Title: Economic Policy, Political Constraints, and Foreign Direct Investment

As foreign direct investment (FDI) has become increasingly important in the world economy and in the development strategies of developing countries, a large body of literature has emerged regarding determinants of FDI flows. Some scholars find democracy attracts FDI through the mechanism of political constraints, which reduce the risk of negative policy changes. However, the value of policy stability should be conditional on the attractiveness of existing FDI-relevant policies. Dr. Roberts proposes a more theoretically complete argument: in an FDI-friendly policy environment, political constraints indicate future favorable policies and attract FDI inflow, but in a negative policy environment, political constraints may hinder FDI-friendly policy changes. This argument helps explain why the positive relationship between democracy and FDI seems to emerge after a global shift toward FDI-friendly polices around 1990. He finds robust empirical support for the argument in tests for developing countries from 1970-2010 using policy measures from the Economic Freedom of the World project and three measures of political constraints/veto players.

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Location Information:
On-Campus - Maginnes Hall  (View Map)
9 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Room: 112
Contact Information:
Name: Jo Engel
Phone: 610-758-3390
Other Event Details:
Tyson Roberts is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. His major fields are International Political Economy and Comparative Politics.

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