Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Department Chair or Program Director

Ray, Margaret

First Advisor

Lee, Donghyun

Second Advisor

Hansen, Bradley

Third Advisor

Dhar, Amrita

Major or Concentration



This study examines the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on female employment. I use a fixed-effects model with a panel of 69 countries to estimate the impact of FDI on female employment at the sector level. I then disaggregate the data and estimate the effect of FDI on female employment in both developing and developed countries. This is based on the assumption that motivation for FDI differs based on the receiving country’s stage of development. I find evidence that FDI inflows cause a slight increase in female employment in the service sector of developing countries. I also find evidence that FDI inflows have a slight negative impact on female employment in the agricultural sector of developed countries.

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