The differential growth effect of FDI across US regions

Bradley T. Ewing, Benhua Yang

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In this paper we examine and assess the differential impact of FDI on growth in eight US regions, as defined by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The results show that the manufacturing FDI-growth relationship tends to vary across regions. In particular, while the New England, Mideast, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains and Far West regions experiencedapositive growth effect ofmanufacturing FDI over the sample period 1977-2001, other regions showed little evidence of such a relationship. Using disaggregated data across manufacturing sectors, we also find that there are great regional variations concerning the FDI-growth nexus, and only the Great Lakes and Far West regions experienced a beneficial impact of FDI on growth in all five manufacturing sectors examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-525
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Economic Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • FDI
  • Growth
  • Manufacturing


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