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  • Academic Paper 20 July 2022

    Non-trade provisions in trade agreements and FDI

    By Mattia Di Ubaldo and Michael Gasiorek et al.

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    Summary Pre-CITP publication

    Preferential trade agreements increasingly feature a variety of provisions related to economic and social rights , environmental protection, and civil and political rights. This paper estimates the effect of the degree of legalization of PTAs in these non-trade provisions on the flow of bilateral greenfield FDI. The authors explore this relation in a structural gravity setting and find that all three types of non-trade provisions affect the flow of FDI negatively. This effect is driven by investments directed to middle- and low-income countries.