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Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: Data, Analysis and Forecasts



20/10/2017 - International 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.


31/07/2017 - Latest foreign direct investment data

This mid-year update contains data on FDI trends for OECD and G20 countries up to Q1 2017.

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27/04/2017 - FDI falls 7% in 2016, despite a healthy second half

In 2016, global FDI flows decreased by 7% to USD 1 613 billion in comparison to 2015, above levels recorded between 2009 and 2014 and comparable to 2008. However, they remained below their pre-crisis peak, representing 2.2% of global GDP compared to 3.6% in 2007. [more]

Accompanying Excel tables


Past issues of FDI in Figures



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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.

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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 

Content and structure of the FDI statistics database according to BMD4 

Access data prior to 2014 

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.


Brochure on the major changes introduced by BMD4 

Note on the FDI statistics database according to BMD4


Explanatory notes on OECD FDI statistics


Glossary of FDI terms



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