Investment attractiveness of Central and Eastern European countries in the light of new locational advantages development


  • Elżbieta Jantoń-Drozdowska Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Maria Majewska Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań



investment attractiveness, Central and Eastern European countries


The aim of this work was to present the similarities between the components of competitiveness and investment attractiveness as two complementary categories, and to show the role of new locational advantages in determining the level of investment attractiveness of a country. Another objective of this paper was to provide a comparative analysis of Central and Eastern European countries in terms of their investment attractiveness. Thus this paper was organized as follows: the first part of the paper focused on a country?s competitiveness, and the traditional and new location advantages that determine its investment attractiveness in view of direct investment inflows in the light of M. Porter?s model of a diamond, an eclectic paradigm of J. H. Dunning and new growth theories. The second part presented the results of investment attractiveness analysis including selected countries of CEE in the years 1995-2013. Comparing the investment attractiveness of Central and Eastern European countries shows that a rather narrow group of countries attracts a greater amount of FDI, and many more countries have experienced a decline in FDI. Therefore, the research results allow for the conclusion that Central and Eastern Europe reduced its investment attractiveness over the past years. This means that the majority of Central and Eastern European countries are becoming less successful in attracting FDI, and therefore in shaping the environment in which foreign companies wish to conduct their business.


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Jantoń-Drozdowska, E., & Majewska, M. (2016). Investment attractiveness of Central and Eastern European countries in the light of new locational advantages development. Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, 11(1), 97–119.



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