Answered By: Andrea Schulman
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2017     Views: 796

Foreign direct investment: statistics
Where can I get information on foreign direct investment?

  • Economist Intelligence Unit  Country Data
    1. On the right side of the screen under Reports, click on DataTool
    2. In Step 1, choose All CountryData from the drop-down.
    3. Choose region(s) or country(s) in Step 2, then click "Add."
    4. In Step 3, expand the menu for Foreign payments , click on Financing to expand the menu and choose Inward direct investment and Outward direct investment data items. Click "Add."
    5. Choose the date range or All Years in Step 4 and click "Add" to add to the search.
    6. Click on View Data.
  •  IMF eLibrary
    1. Click on Data Topic.
    2. Under External Sector select Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS).
    3. Click on All Tables and select data sets.
  • World Development Indicators
    1. On World Bank homepage under Explore Databases, click "World Development Indicators." 
    2. Under Country, make your selections.  If you would like to get aggregate data for a region, use the menu on the left-hand side.
    3. Under Series, search for foreign direct investment.
    4. Under Time, select year(s).
    5. Click on on of the download options in the upper right to view/export the results.
  • World Investment Report
    From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

For FDI in OECD countries broken down by industry, you can use the OECD's  web-based data tool.

For addition resources please go to the Harvard Library Foreign Direct Investment Research Guide.