Regional Cooperation and Integration Division Asian Development Bank 2016 Conference on Foreign Direct Investment
Call for Papers

2-3 June 2016, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

The Regional Cooperation and Integration Division (ERCI) of the Asian Development Bank's Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, intends to investigate the role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in fostering inclusive economic growth and regional integration, and to examine the factors that drive the 'right-kind' of FDI and make it effective in achieving development goals. In this context, papers are invited for a conference to be held on 2-3 June 2016 in Hong Kong, China in collaboration with Institute for China and Global Development and School of Economics and Finance, The University of Hong Kong. A set of illustrative research areas are listed as follows:

RESEARCH AREAS: A set of illustrative research areas are listed as follows:
I. Impacts of FDI (classified by mode of entry, form, sector or source) on aspects of economic performance such as growth, poverty reduction, job-creation, technological spill-overs, and availability of credit, among others.
II. The role of factors such as trade and industrial policy, free trade agreements and investment treaties, financial development, infrastructure, institutional quality as well as other country, sector and industry characteristics in driving FDI, as well as making it effective in achieving development goals.
III. Given the importance of global and regional value chains in explaining the phenomena of 'factory Asia', what are the determinants and impacts of global value chains (i.e. vertical or efficiency seeking) - FDI?
IV. The implications of the post-crisis global trade slowdown for developing Asia's ability to link to production networks and move up global value chains (GVC) through GVC-FDI.
V. Policy relevant analyses on the sectorial and industrial composition of GVC-FDI, for example the increasingly important role of the services sector in the context of global and regional value chains or a comparison between natural resource extraction and other industries.
VI. Policy relevant analyses on South-South and intra-regional FDI, and/or determinants and impacts of outward FDI from emerging Asian countries.

All theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented submissions on FDI, not necessarily confined to the illustrative topics listed above, are welcome.

KEY DATES:
- Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 March 2016
- Deadline for submission of full paper: 30 April 2016 Notification of acceptance: On or before 9 May 2016
- Deadline for Registration: 16 May 2016
- Conference Date: 2-3 June 2016

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please send your response to this call for papers to:

Fahad Khan
Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank
Email: fkhan@adb.org
AND
Mitzirose Legal Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank
Email: mlegal@adb.org

Full name of author/s and affiliation should appear at the bottom of the page. All submissions should be forwarded via email (as a word.docx attachment) with the subject line "ADBHKUFDI_Abstract_[your last name]". Only selected manuscripts will be notified.

For each accepted manuscript, the conference organizers will cover the cost of one round trip, economy class airfare to the venue of the conference, hotel accommodation expenses, and daily subsistence for the duration of the conference, following the ADB travel guidelines. Selected papers presented in the conference could be considered for publication in a special issue of the Asian Development Review.




Posted 2/14/16