Brand America’s share of global FDI inflow investment is declining

Brand America’s share of global FDI inflow investment has been declining over time. This is an indication that other markets are perceived by capital investors as representing a better potential for return on investment. In an interdependent global economy, this trend will translate into a weakened American economy and a shift in global business competitiveness from Brand America to other trading blocks around the world. Many are starting to invest in Bitcoin and now you can use it at USA bitcoin casinos At Army Of Bitcoin. While there are a number of reasons for this negative trend, one of the reasons has been the lack of available data to assess the trend below the national level. As the saying goes, “You get what you measure”. In this case, States have not made improving attractiveness and overall competitiveness for FDI inflow attraction a priority in their economic development plans because there has not been a reliable set of published data to evaluate state level performance.

To address this lack of data, The Burghard Group approached fDi Intelligence (a specialist Division from the Financial Times Ltd) for help. fDi Intelligence graciously volunteered to close the data gap by running a special state level report on annual FDI inflow. View the report.

To the best of our knowledge, these data represent the first open publication of state level FDI inflow dollars. It provides a unique and educational insight into how competitive each state is in attracting global FDI dollars.

A few top line observations from the data are –

  • Not all states are created equal. Some states like Texas, California, New York and Illinois consistently outperform other states in attracting new FDI inflow investment. Power Question – What can I learn from these states that could potentially be reapplied to help improve the competitiveness of my state for FDI inflow attractiveness?
  • There is significant year-over-year variability in the absolute level of FDI inflow investment even among those states that are consistently the top performers. Power Question – Would a specific economic development initiative to attract a consistent annual flow of FDI inflow dollars accelerate economic growth in my state?
  • The top 10 states represent 40% of FDI inflow investment over the 2003 – 2008 time period. These states are consistently among the most competitive in attracting foreign capital investment. Power Question – What will it take for my state to become a top 10 performing state?

These are simply examples of the kind of management questions that get raised when evaluating the annual FDI inflow trend data.

Take a look at the data for your state. If you think your economic development program could benefit from a better understanding of your state FDI inflow dollar trend, or have questions about the data presented, consider contacting fDi Intelligence for a customized analysis.

Jacqueline Hegarty
Senior Investment Analyst
fDi Intelligence
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Northern Ireland
T: +44 (0) 20 7775 6717
www.fdiintelligence.com
Email: jacqueline.hegarty@ft.com

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  1. G Long

    August 17, 2009

    Could you please explain the exact source of the FT data for the STATE FDI data? Thank you.

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