The Political Economy of Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries

CGS Brown Bag Series
Oct 22, 2014
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
101 Old Botany

Dr. Boliang Zhu, Penn State 

Do governments in different developing countries prefer different types of inward foreign direct investment (FDI)? If yes, what drives such heterogeneity? FDI inflows like other cross-border factor movements can generate significant distributional consequences for domestic actors.  Domestic politics are thus likely to play a critical role in shaping a country’s FDI policy. In particular, distinct institutional constraints may drive political leaders in autocracies and democracies to prefer different types of FDI to benefit their core constituencies. Dr. Boliang Zhu will explore the politics of FDI in developing countries, particularly in China and East Asia.

Dr. Boliang Zhu is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Penn State University. He specializes in international/comparative political economy. His research addresses the politics of globalization and economic development with a focus on China and East Asia. He holds a Ph.D. degree in political science from Columbia University, an M.A. degree in East Asian studies from Yale University, and B.A. degrees in international politics and economics from Peking University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Harvard University and a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Series which focuses on interdisciplinary faculty and graduate research.

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