July 19, 2006
News Release 06-072
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC STAFF RESEARCH STUDY EXPLORES TRENDS IN U.S. INBOUND AND OUTBOUND DIRECT INVESTMENT

The United States was both the largest source and largest destination of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world during 1999-2004, according to a new staff research study by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Office of Industries.

Trends in U.S. Inbound and Outbound Direct Investment examines trends, by country and by industry, for inbound FDI, outbound FDI, and the relationship between FDI and cross-border trade. The study looks at the different incentives for FDI by sector through analyses of the copper mining, salmon farming, chemicals, and computer services industries. It also examines the phenomenon of services offshoring and the contributions of U.S. FDI to economic growth in foreign host countries.

The research study was prepared by ITC staff. The findings included in the publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. International Trade Commission or any of the Commissioners.

Principal findings regarding U.S. direct investment trends include:

Trends in U.S. Inbound and Outbound Direct Investment (Staff Research Study No. 29, USITC publication 3870, July 2006) is available on the ITC's Internet server at /publications/docs/pubs/research_working_papers/pub3870.pdf.

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