Global FDI flows reached their lowest level since 2013 (USD 280 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2017. Inflows to the OECD area decreased by 37%, largely driven by decreases in the United Kingdom and the United States from high levels in 2016. Outflows from the OECD area decreased by a more modest 4%.
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FDI regulatory restrictiveness index
The FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index (FDI Index) measures statutory restrictions on foreign direct investment in 58 countries, including all OECD and G20 countries, and covers 22 sectors.
Trade, FDI and global value chains
International trade and FDI are the main defining features and key drivers of global value chains. For the first time ever, these statistical notes for OECD countries provide evidence on the role played by investment in global value chains.
FDI statistics database
Access the data on OECD.Stat (categorised under "Globalisation")
Access metadata underlying FDI statistics by partner country and by industry for OECD countries
The new FDI statistics database covering FDI statistics from 2014 onwards went online in March 2015.Full list of frequently requested data found on the FDI statistics database
OECD benchmark definition (BMD4)
The FDI statistics database uses data compiled with "BMD4" - The 4th edition of the OECD Benchmark definition of FDI (BMD4) provides operational guidelines on how foreign direct investment activity should be measured and sets the world standard for collecting direct investment statistics.
Explaining the new features in BMD4: More information on how BMD4 impacts our compilation of FDI statistics.