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



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.


26/01/2017 - FDI, corruption and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

This paper estimates a dynamic foreign direct investment (FDI) gravity model to explore the impact of corruption in general and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in particular.


20/01/2017 - OECD releases new statistics on FDI by partner country

The OECD's interactive database contains the most up-to-date, comprehensive and meaningful measures of FDI available in the world today. The database now includes new detail on FDI by partner country and by industry.

> Access the database | More about the new measures


03/11/2016 - FDI down 5% in the first half of 2016

In the first half of 2016, global FDI flows decreased by 5%, as compared to the second half of 2015, to USD 793 billion but remain above half-year trends observed in 2013 and 2014.

> Download full report | Download excel file

Most recent FDI flows up to Q3 2016


18/07/2016 - FDI trends and their implication for development


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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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