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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Annex 13

Research Agenda

At the time of publishing this edition of the Benchmark Definition, there were a number of issues requiring further investigation. These issues have been placed on a research agenda with investigations to be undertaken to progress their resolution (to the extent possible). As results become available from these investigations, they will be released in a managed process as addenda to the Benchmark Definition. The appearance of an issue on the research agenda does not guarantee that recommendations in the Benchmark Definition will change as a result of further investigation. Consequently, compilers should not presume the results of any investigations on the research agenda, but should await the publication of an addendum on the outcomes. The topics to be investigated are first categorised under the following five headings.

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