Assessment of FDI Impact on Thailand's Production Sectors: Implications for Investment Promotion Activities

Discussion Papers


by Pisit Puapan

February 2014


This paper examines the overall and sectoral economic impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the Thai economy using the economic data from 2005-2013. In assessing the overall economic impact, it is found that FDI has contributed positively to Thailand’s economic growth. However, when analyzing the sectoral details, the empirical results indicate that FDI has a varying impact on the productive sectors in Thailand. Out of the 9 sub-sectors covered by this study, 5 sub-sectors (manufacturing, construction, financial, wholesale, retail trade, and agriculture) show strong statistically-significant positive effects of FDI on the relevant sector’s value-added output. Based on these findings, it is suggested that policy-makers, including the Board of Investment, should aim to promote FDI with special consideration of the sectoral impact that would enable Thailand’s FDI promotion policies to be more productive and beneficial for the Thai economy.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment, Thailand, Investment Promotion
JEL classification: F21, F23

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