Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: Data, Analysis and Forecasts



27/07/2018 - FDI outflows tumble 44% in the first quarter of 2018 due to US tax reform

Global FDI outflows fell to USD 136 billion from USD 242 billion in the previous quarter. This precipitous drop was largely due to a switch to negative outward FDI from the United States.

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Accompanying Excel tables


Past issues of FDI in Figures



18/07/2018 - Take our survey

Help us identify priorities for enhancing the interpretation and usefulness of FDI statistics, by completing the online OECD FDI data users survey. The deadline to complete this survey is by 07/09/2018.


24/04/2018 - The digital economy, multinational enterprises and international investment policy


23/04/2018 - Towards an international framework for investment facilitation


25/05/2018 - Examen des statistiques d'investissements directs internationaux au Maroc



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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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.

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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 


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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.


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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