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The UK’s Foreign Investment Position post Brexit and COVID: Briefing 3

This briefing is the third in a regular series of notes tracking the changing patterns of inward investment in the UK as we emerge from COVID-19, and as our trading relations with the rest of the world become more certain. This collaboration between Warwick Business School and Moody’s Analytics, funded by The Productivity Institute, explores the latest intelligence on foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into the UK, and what that means for productivity.

Briefing 3

This briefing focuses on the changes in the makeup of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that has entered the UK since the Brexit referendum and explores what those changes means for productivity. While there has been a good deal of focus on the volumes of FDI that this country attracts, there has been less attention on the motives for the investments entering into the UK. This third briefing in the series explores the motives of inward greenfield FDI and illustrate the changes in the distribution of motives over time.

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Authors Nigel Driffield, Xiaocan Yuan (both Warwick Business School), Fernando Gutierrez Barragan (Moody’s Analytics)


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N. Driffield, X. Yuan, F. Gutierrez Barragan (2023) The UK’s Foreign Investment Position Post Brexit And COVID: Briefing 3, April 2023, The Productivity Institute.