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Reports by SelectUSA

FDI in Manufacturing

Report by SelectUSA on the impact of FDI in the U.S. manufacturing industry

SelectUSA  |  International Trade Administration  |  U.S. Department of Commerce (April 2017)

This brief highlights the important role foreign direct investment (FDI) plays in the $5.8-trillion U.S. manufacturing industry, exploring trends, sources of FDI, components of the sector, the impact of FDI, and the reasons why the industry is attractive to global investors.

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FDI in High-Tech Industries

SelectUSA report on FDI in high-tech industries in the United States

SelectUSA  |  International Trade Administration  |  U.S. Department of Commerce (September 2017)

This report highlights the role FDI plays in high-tech industries in the United States. These industries advance innovation, employ millions of highly skilled and highly educated workers, further U.S. competitiveness, and contribute to greater prosperity across the country.

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FDI in Rural America

FDI in the Rural United States

SelectUSA  |  International Trade Administration  |  U.S. Department of Commerce (June 2018)

This report highlights the positive impact of FDI in rural areas of the United States. While FDI in rural areas is a small subset of all FDI entering the country, it has a larger impact on rural communities than urban areas. Since 2003, FDI has created more than 93,000 U.S. jobs in non-metro areas.

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Reports from the U.S. Department of Commerce

FDI in the United States: 2016 Update

FDI in the United States - OCE

Economic & Statistics Administration  |  U.S. Department of Commerce (October 2017)

This report, which updates a report released in 2013, examines recent trends in FDI and highlights newly released “greenfield” FDI data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Foreign direct investment trends identified in earlier reports have continued to 2016.

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Jobs Attributable to FDI in the U.S.

Industry and Analysis report on U.S. jobs attributable to FDI

International Trade Administration's Office of Industry and Analysis  |  U.S. Department of Commerce (February 2016)

This report highlights the importance of FDI to U.S. jobs, including the number of jobs that are directly supported by foreign investment.

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Additional FDI Reports

FDI Confidence Index

A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index 2018

A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (May 2018)

For the sixth year in a row, the United States topped the A.T. Kearney FDI Index. With continued global economic growth and an increasing focus on localization, non-U.S. companies continued to report a higher likelihood of locating their next investment in the United States than in any other markets, and expressed optimism about the nation’s macroeconomic outlook.

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Global FDI Flows

UNCTAD - Global Investment Trends Monitor 2019

Global Investment Trends Monitor (January 2019)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report highlights trends in global FDI flows. The latest report, released in January 2019, shows that global flows dropped for the third consecutive year. Despite the drop, the United States remained the top destination for FDI flows with $226 billion (representing nearly a fifth of total global FDI flows). UNCTAD notes that while flows are as low as they were after the global financial crisis, a rebound is expected in 2019.

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Jobs We Need

OFII report from 2016

Organization for International Investment (OFII) (2016)

This report from OFII explores the positive impact of FDI on the U.S. labor force and how it leads to job growth.

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Business and Investment Climate in the United States

Confederation of Indian Industry report on FDI (March 2015)

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (March 2015)

Geared toward Indian business investors, this report from CII delves into the benefits of investing in the United States at the state/territory level.

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FDI in U.S. Metro Areas

Brookings report on FDI in Metro Areas

Brookings Institution (2014)

This Brookings report analyses how FDI affects major metropolitan areas in the United States.

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Other Reports

Global Competitiveness Report (2018)

Global Competitiveness Report, 2018 (World Economic Forum)

World Economic Forum

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Global Entrepreneurship Index (2018)

Global Entrepreneurship Index 2018

Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute


Global Cities 2018

A.T. Kearney Global Cities Report 2018

A.T. Kearney

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Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 Digest

Cover of the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 Digest (January 2016)

National Science Board - National Science Foundation

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2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

Deloitte: 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index


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Next-shoring: a CEO’s Guide (January 2014)

Snapshot of the report

​McKinsey & Co.