Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Statistics - OECD Data, Analysis and Forecasts



18/11/2015 - Do lower taxes encourage investment?
Conventional wisdom holds that countries with lower taxes attract higher levels of foreign direct investment (FDI). At first glance, this intuitive assumption seems to be supported by the evidence but is this true?

29/10/2015 - FDI continues to rise in the first half of 2015
Global FDI flows picked up in the first half of 2015, increasing by 13% compared to the second half of 2014. If we exclude the drop in the first half of 2014, global flows have been on a rising trend since the first half of 2013.

  > FDI in Figures, October 2015 issue

  > Accompanying excel tables


19/10/2015 - Workshop on FDI and Global Value Chains


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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.

> Access the FDI index 

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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