FIW-wiiw-Seminar in International Economics
Regular lecture series on current issues in international economics.
The seminar is part of the activities of FIW, the Centre of Competence in International Economics.Series Details
Thursday, 7 October 2010, 4:00 pm
This paper first shows that important contributions concerning the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis of falling terms of trade for developing countries have implicitly relied on the role of multinationals and foreign direct investment. As of yet, this relationship has not been empirically investigated. To do so, data on 111 developing countries between 1980 and 2008 is analyzed using panel data methods. It is shown empirically that there is no reason to believe, multinationals’ activities were responsible for a possible decrease of the developing countries’ net barter terms of trade. On the contrary, foreign direct investment seems to play a positive role in this context for at least a group of developing countries. Another contribution of the paper is to investigate other possible variables structurally influencing terms of trade.