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OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment 2008

Fourth Edition

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a major driver of globalisation. The OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment sets the world standard for FDI statistics. It provides a single point of reference for statisticians and users on all aspect of FDI statistics, while remaining compatible with other internationally accepted statistical standards. This edition introduces new analytical data breakdowns and statistical treatments that better reflect the realities of today’s world economy. The revised Benchmark Definition provides methods for classifying different types of FDI (e.g., mergers and acquisitions, greenfield investments) and for identifying the ultimate investor. The new edition now addresses the uses of FDI statistics, including globalisation indicators, and provides a chapter relating to the statistics on the activities of multinational enterprises.

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Uses of FDI Statistics

This edition of the Benchmark Definition includes for the first time a chapter devoted to the uses of foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics to assist users in their analysis of both the global and/or regional nature of FDI activity and the industry sectors that FDI affects. As economies become increasingly global, statistical methodologies need to be adapted to new realities, thereby maintaining the analytical quality of the statistics. Keeping in mind the complex nature of multinational enterprise (MNE) and hence FDI structures, this chapter on the uses of FDI statistics should prove valuable for a wide range of users.

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