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Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: Data, Analysis and Forecasts



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]

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Past issues of FDI in Figures



07/03/2017 - Is investment protectionism on the rise?

Evidence of investment protectionism tends to be anecdotal, given the difficulties in measuring the different ways a government might discriminate against foreign investors. The OECD FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index can help to shed light on the question. [more]


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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")

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 of FDI (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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