Foreign Direct Investment in India: Issues and Problems

Bajpai, Nirupam; Sachs, Jeffrey D.

In this paper, we have attempted to identify the issues and problems associated with India's current foreign direct investment regime, and more importantly the other associated factors responsible for India's unattractiveness as an investment location. Despite India offering a large domestic market, rule of law, low labor costs, and a well working democracy, her performance in attracting FDI flows has been far from satisfactory. A restrictive FDI regime, high import tariffs, exit barriers for firms, stringent labor laws, poor quality infrastructure, centralized decision-making processes, and a very limited scale of export processing zones make India an unattractive investment location.

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Earth Institute
Harvard Institute for International Development
Development Discussion Paper, 759
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September 25, 2009