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Learn how the U.S. economy, jobs, and our international competitiveness benefit from both sides of the FDI equation. 

Overview of Benefits

  • OFII Releases New Study on Trade Agreements - April 2015 

    The Organization for International Investment (OFII) recently released a new study on the benefits of trade agreements will have on global investment in the United States.  Nancy McLernon, President and CEO of OFII states this first of its kind study, based on the analysis from Ernst & Young, provides a "quantitative  look at how TTIP and TPP will encourage global investment and job creation in all 50 states." View Nancy McLernon's post and the full study here.

  • OFII Releases 2014 Report on FDI in the United States - October 2014
    Recently, the Office for International Investment released a new report on foreign direct investment in the US for 2014.  This report includes a breakdown of the top investor countries in the US market, FDI in the US over the last 5 years, and economic sectors experiencing the most FDI growth.

  • A ‘BIT’ Therapy for Foreign Investment Schizophrenia? - October 2013
    Author: Bill Reinsch, National Foreign Trade Council
    National Foreign Trade Council President Bill Reinsch traveled to London to speak at a Global Competition Review conference on Investment. 

  • Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, Preliminary 2nd Quarter 2013 - September 2013
    Author: Organization for International Investment
    The Organization for International Investment's 2nd quarter report analyzing FDI into the United States. 

  • Significant Economic Benefits for U.S. Companies and American Workers
    Author: Office of the United States Trade Representative - U.S. Government Fact Sheet
    See what the U.S. government says about how the U.S. economy benefits from both the inbound and outbound side of the foreign direct investment equation.

  • Top 10 Overlooked Facts on International Investment – August 2012
    Author: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Learn 10 facts about how international investment is benefiting the U.S. economy, creating jobs, and making U.S. companies more competitive globally.

Benefits of Inbound Investment

  • Department of Commerce Releases First Quarter CY 2014 Investment Report - June 2014 
    Author: Department of Commerce
    The U.S. Department of Commerce released its latest quarterly investment report of the First Quarter CY 2014 data in late June.  The report covers Foreign Direct Investment flows in and out of the U.S. for the first quarter of 2014, and analyzes the updated full-year data for 2013.

  • Report: Redefining the American Auto Industry - 2014
    Author: Association of Global Automakers/American International Automobile Dealers Assciation
    The Association of Global Automakers in collaboration with the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) released a report at the AIADA's annual auto summit in Washington, DC titled Redefining the American Auto Industry. The report seeks convey to policymakers the expanding global face of the U.S. auto industry and how foreign and domestic auto companies are effecting the national and local markets.
  • Foreign Direct Investment in the United States - October 2013
    Author: OFII
    This report tracks the latest data on foreign direct investment into the U.S. (FDIUS). Among many statistics tracked, the report highlights that FDIUS, on a cumulative basis, reached $2.7 trillion at the end of 2012. In terms of yearly flows, FDIUS dropped by 28 percent in 2012 from levels seen in 2011. The United Kingdom, Japan, Netherlands, Canada and France round-out the top five investors in the U.S. last year. 
  • Insourcing Companies: How They Raise Our Game - October 2013
    Author: Daniel Ikenson, for OFII
    This new OFII report demonstrates that over the past decade insourcing companies as a group outperformed economy-wide averages in nearly every relevant economic indicator associated with per capita economic growth. Of note, the research shows that foreign firms enter the U.S. market overwhelmingly through mergers and acquisitions of U.S. companies. The data also highlights that after these firms enter the U.S. market - more often than not - they elevate economic performance, increase compensation and benefits packages for U.S. workers, and pay a disproportionate amount of U.S. taxes.

  • Reversing Worrisome Trends: How to Attract and Retain Investment in a Competitive Global Economy - September 2013
    Author: Cato Institute, Daniel Ikenson
    In "Reversing Worrisome Trends:  How to Attract and Retain Investment in a Competitive Global Economy," Ikenson documents the rapidly diminishing share of global FDI located in the United States and attributes the decline to - among other things - incoherent public policies, a punitive corporate tax code, regulatory overkill, an increasingly inhospitable business climate, and a still agonizingly slow recognition among policymakers that the United States must compete with other countries to attract economic growth-inducing investment, and that the key to succeeding in that competition is good public policy.

  • Chain Reaction – May 2012 (pdf)
    Author: Organization for International Investment
    This report details the positive indirect impact foreign direct investment has on state and local communities in the United States, from supporting suppliers and small businesses to the paychecks their employees spend in local economies

Benefits of Outbound Investment

  • How U.S. Multinational Companies Strengthen the U.S. Economy - March 2010
    Author: U.S. Council for International Business & The Business Roundtable
    The contribution U.S. multinational companies make to the American economy is increasingly being called into question. Critics claim that these companies have abandoned the United States, that they succeed only by exporting jobs, and that their domestic and international operations need to be rebalanced through changes in U.S. tax, trade, and investment policy. Based on official government statistics and current research, this report addresses these claims.

    U.S. multinationals are first and foremost American companies, and continue to enhance the nation’s economy by their capital investment, research and development, and continued support of good-paying American jobs. Their ability to strengthen the U.S. economy is enhanced, not reduced, by their global engagement. In particular, foreign-affiliate activity tends to complement, not substitute for, key parent activities in the United States such as employment, worker compensation, and capital investment.

    Link to original 2009 Study

  • Growth and competitiveness in the United States: The role of its multinational companies - June 2010
    Author: McKinsey & Company
    The United States retains many strengths that make it one of the most attractive markets for multinational companies’ participation and investment. But numerous fast-growing emerging markets and some advanced economies are making huge strides in increasing their attractiveness. The United States has entered a new era of global competition for multinational activity.

    To gain further insights, McKinsey & Company interviewed senior executives from 26 of the largest and most well-known U.S. multinationals and examined how they make investment decisions. Many of the executives interviewed emphasized the need to ensure they are competing on a level playing field. They believe that current U.S. policies—particularly in the areas of corporate taxes, limits on the immigration of skilled workers, and bureaucratic hurdles and inconsistencies—handicap U.S. companies when competing abroad and in some cases discourage investment at home. And several executives expressed concern or doubts about the ability of the United States to compete for corporate investment and jobs in the future.

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