Disciplining Investment Incentives: A Lost Cause?

Sauvé, Pierre; Soprana, Marta (January 2016). Disciplining Investment Incentives: A Lost Cause? Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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An E15 Initiative think piece: Investment incentives rank among the most important policy instruments governments employ to influence the locational decisions of multinational firms. In the wake of the recent increase in locational competition and the growing impact of investment incentives and support measures for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the need for enhanced disciplines on investment incentives has gained political and academic salience. This think piece explores the evolution of investment incentives from a development and rule-making perspective. It summarises the existing literature and examines current practices and recent trends in FDI flows and the use of various investment incentives. This is followed by a discussion of the reasons for the observed stalemate in attempts at disciplinary rule-making. The paper concludes by putting forth recommendations for data gathering and transparency that could further the move toward improved global governance founded on the increasing complementarities of trade, investment, and competition law and policy as the core pillars of a more open, inclusive, and just world economy.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Sauvé, Pierre

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Publisher:

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

24 Jun 2016 14:25

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2020 08:51

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BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83925

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83925

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