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 1

Changes from Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment 3rd Edition

This revision of the third edition of the Benchmark Definition started in 2004.55 However, it was not possible to finalise all the research in time for publication of the fourth edition in 2008. One of the main novel features of the Benchmark Definition is the introduction of a research agenda which includes work to be conducted after the publication of the present edition. Results of that work will be published as an addendum to the fourth edition as soon as it is completed.

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