BrExit and foreign investment in the UK

Karoglou, Michail and Driffield, Nigel L (2019). BrExit and foreign investment in the UK. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 182 (2), pp. 559-582.


We explore the likely effect of Brexit on inward foreign direct investment (FDI) through its possible effect on the benchmark variables that characterize the macroeconomy. For this we propose the use of a Markov regime switching structural vector auto-regression to distinguish between the volatile and stable states of the economy and account, among other effects, for the contemporaneous effects that the frequency of FDI innately generates. Our findings suggest that, if Brexit triggers a sterling depreciation in the current economic climate, this will fuel a prolonged negative effect on FDI. FDI flows may be positively affected (at most) by a sterling depreciation after Brexit only if this event drives the UK economy to a period of highly volatile growth, inflation, interest and exchange rates: a scenario that is rather unlikely. And, even then, the sterling depreciation benefits would last for only a short period of time.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: © 2018 Royal Statistical Society Funding: Leverhulme Trust. Grant Number: RF‐2013‐503
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit,Currency volatility,Economic growth,Inward investment,Markov switching,Stuctural vector auto-regression,Statistics and Probability,Social Sciences (miscellaneous),Economics and Econometrics,Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
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Accepted Date: 2018-10-02
Published Online Date: 2018-10-25
Published Date: 2019-02-01
Authors: Karoglou, Michail ( 0000-0002-6730-504X)
Driffield, Nigel L



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