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A Century of Foreign Investment in the Third World by Michael Twomey

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By Michael Twomey

The past due 20th century has witnessed a dramatic upsurge in international direct funding within the 3rd international. established upon thorough statistical research, the ebook offers exhaustive case-studies of international funding coverage in 'metropolitan' nations and of the reviews of 'host' nations all through Africa, Asia and Latin the US. With a large geographical and old concentration, it additionally makes a major contribution to present debates on dependency conception.

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Let us first discuss the comparisons across countries at a given point in time. One question to ask of the data on K/O ratios is how much they vary between countries. 3 do not suggest a uniform relation between K/O and average income level, across countries at a particular point in time. A positive relation would be expected on basic economic principles, as richer countries substitute capital for more expensive labor. When land is included in the definition of wealth, the explanation could simply be differences in allotments of land per person, but this finding also occurs when land is excluded.

France was clearly unable to control Indo-China. People from the colonies were mobilized to man the armies of both sides. The need to encourage growth in colonial areas became more evident. The Japanese government’s position about the role of its colonies also evolved from envisioning them as providers of raw materials to sources of manufactured goods. Just as the “American model” of FDI had misled observers into erroneously considering FSCs as portfolio investment, so can we also note other limitations inherent in a conceptualization primarily created from that perspective formed at mid-century.

In Doane (1933 and 1957), there are presented estimates of national wealth for about 30 and 50 countries, 30 A Century of Foreign Investment in the Third World respectively, in the latter book even disaggregated by sectors. That author’s references and methodology are not detailed. As it turns out, comparisons of the data in Doane (1957) on output (p. 194) with that on assets (pp. 202–3) suggests that he assumed constant sectoral K/O ratios for many of those countries for which the availability of data was not good.

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