Complementarity of foreign direct investment and migration in the Asia-Pacific

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 24 May 2019


#132 Crawford Building, Seminar Room 1, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Stewart Nixon

The Asia-Pacific region has been at the centre of increasingly globalised production in recent decades, with countries benefiting from the liberalising of capital and labour flows. However, policies embracing globalisation have retained biases against migration in particular. Better understanding the positive interactions between migration and foreign direct investment (FDI) could advance policy advocacy and optimisation within and between nations.

This seminar presents a thesis proposal review for research exploring several aspects of the relationship. Research will include an empirical exploration of the reasons why countries simultaneously import both capital and labour, supported by a theoretical model. It will also explore the development of migration and FDI policy indicators for Asia-Pacific economies. This macro-level evidence will be supported by selected country case studies and firm-level surveys examining the impact of specific policy approaches and the role of migrants in firm investment decisions. The thesis will also assess the economic benefits of complementary factor flows, and implications for enhancing policy coordination.

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