We study whether the determinants of greenfield FDI in Africa differ between Chinese and non-Chinese investors. By using investment-level data we focus on the differential effect of risk- and information-related factors, i.e., investment protection provided by International Investment Agreements (IIAs) and agglomeration economies both at an aggregate level and for different functions. Chinese investors appear to be less reliant on internal and country-of-origin agglomeration and on investment protection agreements than non-Chinese ones. We argue that Chinese investors are backed by the direct engagement of their State when locating in Africa so that firm co-location and IIA protection are less salient in affecting their location choices.

Foreign direct investments in Africa: are Chinese investors different? / Benfratello, Luigi; D'Ambrosio, Anna; Sangrigoli, Alida. - ELETTRONICO. - (2019). ((Intervento presentato al convegno 5th OEET Workshop: Trade Wars and Global Crises: The Outlook for Emerging and Advanced Countries tenutosi a Torino nel Dicembre 2019.

Foreign direct investments in Africa: are Chinese investors different?

Benfratello, Luigi;D'Ambrosio, Anna;Sangrigoli, Alida
2019

Abstract

We study whether the determinants of greenfield FDI in Africa differ between Chinese and non-Chinese investors. By using investment-level data we focus on the differential effect of risk- and information-related factors, i.e., investment protection provided by International Investment Agreements (IIAs) and agglomeration economies both at an aggregate level and for different functions. Chinese investors appear to be less reliant on internal and country-of-origin agglomeration and on investment protection agreements than non-Chinese ones. We argue that Chinese investors are backed by the direct engagement of their State when locating in Africa so that firm co-location and IIA protection are less salient in affecting their location choices.
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